Bail de­nied for man ac­cused of killing girl­friend

Sus­pect al­legedly used vic­tim’s gun

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Tyler Smith

Sus­pected mur­derer Rick Breedlove was de­nied bond Tuesday morn­ing by Judge John Ott at the New­ton County Ju­di­cial Cen­ter.

Breedlove is charged with felony mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault and pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony. On Nov. 6, he al­legedly shot his girl­friend, Pam Spencer, 49, be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self in a failed sui­cide at­tempt.

Chief As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Layla Zon de­picted Breedlove as a threat to him­self and oth­ers in the case cit­ing his re­ported past ten­den­cies to­ward vi­o­lence. Wit­nesses and law en­force­ment re­ports in­di­cate Breedlove had pre­vi­ously threat­ened Spencer with physi- cal vi­o­lence and, just days be­fore the al­leged mur­der, had threat­ened to kill her. Zon said there was a high like­li­hood that Breedlove might try to in­tim­i­date those wit­nesses if re­leased on bond.

Chief As­sis­tant Public De­fender Teri Smith ar­gued that Breedlove has been a New­ton County res­i­dent for 20 years with many ties to the com­mu­nity. Most of Breedlove’s fam­ily re­sides in the county, Smith said, and his mother had agreed to care for him while he con­tin­ued to re­ceive treat­ment from his self in­flicted in­juries.

Smith also pointed out that Breedlove be­lieved he was not re­ceiv­ing ad­e­quate care in the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Af­ter hear­ing both ar­gu­ments, Ott de­clined bail, specif­i­cally not­ing the lack of a men­tal eval­u­a­tion for Breedlove.

“I am sim­ply not will­ing to roll the dice on this case,” Ott said.

Dur­ing the read­ing of the charges against Breedlove and the sum­ma­tion of the case, Zon re­vealed Spencer had re­port­edly planned to leave the sus­pect af­ter the al­leged death threats. When Breedlove dis­cov­ered this, he re­port­edly chased Spencer through the house be­fore shoot­ing her with a .357 Mag- num re­volver she had pur­chased for pro­tec­tion against him.

A call to 911 was re­port­edly made from the house be­fore the shoot­ing, but there was no one on the line when the dis­patcher an­swered.

When deputies ar­rived, they re­port­edly found Spencer lay­ing face down on the floor and Breedlove ly­ing on his left side. The sus­pected mur­der weapon lay on the ground close to the sus­pect.

Breedlove was trans­ported to an At­lanta area hospi­tal where he was treated for his wounds. Af­ter two months of re­cov­ery, Breedlove was re­leased from the hospi­tal and trans­ported to the jail. New­ton County Sher­iff’s Lt. Bill Watterson said at one point doc­tors did not ex­pect Breedlove to sur­vive.

Clarence Ben­ton, Bran­don Hud­nal, Ter­rance Reid, Marino Tug­gle and Ter­var­ius White were sched­uled to ap­pear in court Tuesday on charges stem­ming from the June mur­der of Kawasikis Ricks, but their hear­ings were post­poned un­til March 13.

Kyle Hol­land’s hear­ing was also de­layed un­til March 13. Hol­land is charged with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter, theft by tak­ing and crim­i­nal tres­pass in con­nec­tion with the death of 16-year-old Kerri Mincy. The vic­tim was re­port­edly crushed by a front-end loader driven by Hol­land.

Con­victed mur­derer Mazzetti Alexan­der was also on the court docket in a bid for a re­trial of his case, but Zon said the mat­ter would be han­dled out of court for the time be­ing.


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