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Man accused of shooting three on Savannah street in court


A Savannah-Chatham detective testified Thursday that two women were able to pick Mark Adkins out of a photo lineup as the man who shot them in the lower body and fatally wounded Frederick Early, 24, in a May 16 shooting.

Pamphylia Baynes and Brianna Moore survived the shooting with relatively minor injuries.

Det. Alan Sammons said Moore had gone to meet Early at the corner of Richards and Eagle Streets about 12:45 p.m. that day, when a white car drove by, the passenger window was rolled down, and a man they identified as Adkins started firing.

Sammons said the gun used in the crime has not been found. Police have not identified a motive for the crime, he said.

The case was bound up to Superior Court.

In an interview after the hearing, Early's family said he and Adkins had grown up together and had been friends at one point. They took issue with the public defender's questioning as to whether Early was in a gang.

Sammons said he was a member of the Gangster Disciples.

"He's not the one that's on trial," Early's cousin, Liana Simmons, said. "He's dead and gone, so we need justice. The killing is like. It's senseless around here."

Another cousin, Tonya Green, weighed in on violence on the West Side.

"All you can do is raise a child.," she said. "When they're out in the streets, you can't run behind them. All you can do is raise them, and whathever they're doing, all you know is you did what you're supposed to do. God has the last say. Our family, We're going through a tough time, but we'll get better. It'll get better."

The Early family is planning a stop-the-violence rally at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the spot where he was gunned down.

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