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July 8, 2019

A bond reduction hearing, preliminary examination, and motion to prelude creation of a snitch’s testimony was held Friday, June 28, 2019 for Perry C. Gibson.  Gibson was indicted by a grand jury for second degree murder on October 17, 2016, for the death of George Harris. Three other arrest were made in connection with the death, four years ago, Daquan L. Thomas and Raymond Dreshon Moore were also charged with second degree murder and April L. Simmons on charges of accessory after the fact of murder.
Forty-three-year-old Harris was ambushed and shot while approaching his barber shop at 200 Second Street in Sicily Island on June 20, 2016.  
Judge Kathy Johnson originally set no bond for Gibson after his arrest in June 2016.  During a felony arraignment hearing in November 2016, Glen Cortello, legal counsel for Gibson, made a motion for a bond reduction.  The court reduced his bond to $300,000.00 which was later reduced to $175,000 in November 2018.  The court did not grant the bond reduction requested in June 2019.
In open court last Friday, Witnesses Detective Bubba Roy and Sicily Island Assistant Chief Charles Shaw were placed under oath and testimonies were heard.  Judge Johnson ruled to deny the request for preliminary examination.
Mr. Cortello asked the court to stipulate that the state could not introduce anyone into Gibson’s jail cell as a snitch.  Judge Johnson granted the motion but added that is the defendant makes a voluntary statement to anyone not planted by the State, their testimony will be used in court.
A status hearing was fixed for September 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. for Gibson.