Bond reduced for youngest shooting suspect

West Point Municipal Judge Bennie Jones reduced the bond for 21-year-old Joshua Maurice Ewing, of West Point, from $200,000 to $100,000 on the charge of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.
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STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

Bond is reduced for one of four suspects in a Jan. 13 shooting that almost killed a West Point man.

West Point Municipal Judge Bennie Jones reduced the bond for 21-year-old Joshua Maurice Ewing, of West Point, from $200,000 to $100,000 on the charge of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.

During an emotional hearing Tuesday, Ewing's mother testified he'd never been in trouble before and that she would make sure he followed the court's rules and make any court appointments. Jones lowered the bond after investigators agreed Ewing had no prior record, has close family ties in the community, and has cooperated.

Arrested the afternoon of the shooting, he was the first of four people charged in connection with shooting Travis Strong at about 2 a.m. Jan. 13 inside a home on Fifth Street North next to the Old Northside School in West Point.

Police believe the confrontation started in the yard and led into the house where Strong's 80-year-old great-grandmother was held at gun point and then called 911 after Strong was shot multiple times and the suspects fled.

Investigators have said they believe Ewing drove the suspects away from the scene after the shooting.

The other suspects are 30-year-old Tymotheans Henry, of Columbus, who is free on $200,000 bond, 27-year-old Jenerrio Demarco Jones, of Memphis and Columbus, who is free on $250,000 bond, and 24-year-old William Earl Gaines III, of Fayette, Miss., who remains in the Clay County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Gaines was in town visiting a woman when the incident happened, his parents said last week.

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