Murder suspects, 14 and 20, granted bond as DA believes victim was set up

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Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Left to right: Rian Stone, Ebonee Jones, Janiah Sullivan, and Carlos Mack have all been charged with murder. (Source: RCSO)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Two of four suspects in a shooting that turned into a crash on Winston Way are in court Friday.

Janiah Sullivan, 14, and Ebonee Jones, 20, are charged  with murder. Jones is also charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.

Sullivan was granted a $100,000 bond Friday. She must stay off social media, live at home with her mother, and stay in the house except while in school.

Jones, Sullivan, Rian Stone, and Carlos Mack are charged in the death of Deivante McFadden, 21.

Officials said when they arrived on the scene, they found McFadden in a crashed car with a gunshot wound to his chest and another to his back scapular area. He was taken to the hospital, but died before he arrived.

Prosecutors believe Sullivan was texting with McFadden before the crime, and set him up to meet her and the other suspects in an attempt to steal his watch and phone. The DA's office said the watch was never stolen, but McFadden's phone was found in Sullivan's possession during an investigative interview. They also say she destroyed the phone's SIM card.

The DA's Office says Ebonee Jones was the driver of the car that took the shooting suspect, Rian Stone, to the victim. They say she was in a relationship with Stone.

Jones was granted $100,000 bond for the murder charge, and $25,000 for the attempted armed robbery charge.

When it comes to the victim, prosecutors say they searched for a criminal record, but couldn't find so much as a parking ticket.

McFadden's family called him Pooh Bear, and say this situation has rocked their world.

"His dream was to get his own clothing line and be a successful entrepreneur," Dora Lamb, McFadden's grandmother, said. "Now he can't because his life has been taken."

Lamb says she feels sorry for the suspects' parents, but when it comes to today's ruling, she says she disagrees with the judge.

"I don't think they should get out on bond because I don't want no other mother, grandmother, brother, or sister to have to go through what we're going through," Lamb said. "I feel that if they let them out on bond, they're free to roam and do the same thing again."

The defense did not seem to argue the facts of the case, but asked the judge for a reasonable bond on the basis that both of the suspects live with their mothers and are not believed to be flight risks.

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