Bond denied for soldier charged with Hinesville homicide

Bond denied for soldier charged with Hinesville homicide
Nathaniel Brown, shooting victim
Nathaniel Brown, shooting victim

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Bond was denied on Monday for Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jermaine Mealy, 31, after being charged with the murder of 41-year-old Nathaniel Brown, Jr. of Hinesville.

Police say Mealy arrived at his Hinesville home Saturday just after noon and found Nathaniel Brown inside, as well as Mealy's wife, when a fight broke out.

This happened around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. Officers responded to the scene to find Brown shot multiple times in the chest and stomach.

Officers dispatched to the home said Mealy told them he got into a scuffle with Brown, fought for control of a firearm with Brown, then shot him.

He was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville where he was later pronounced dead, according to Chief of Detectives, Thomas Cribbs.

According to the police report, Mealy, a soldier stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana, was on the phone with 911 dispatchers when officers arrived and had told dispatchers he had shot brown in the groin.

Police asked Mealy where the victim was, and he directed officers to the back bedroom of the home.

The responding officer found Mealy's wife kneeling next to Brown, trying to talk with him, and told her to go wait outside with other officers.

Police said Brown did not have a pulse and was not breathing, so they began CPR while waiting on paramedics to arrive.

Mealy is charged with shooting and killing Brown, the exact circumstances surrounding the relationship of all involved is unclear.

Brown's brother drove in from Atlanta to be with other family members in Hinesville following the news of the shooting.

"There are no winners. Because his family is devastated, his friends are devastated, her family is devastated, her friends are devastated and my family is devastated. So this is a lose-lose situation," Nigel Brown said. 

Nigel said his brother Nathaniel was a caring person who looked out for those close to him.

The preliminary reports from police are that Jermaine Mealy returned home after he learned from his wife that their home had been burglarized the night before, and found Brown inside the home with his wife.

"I believe that he went to assist a friend. Mr. Mealy came in, aggravated, I understand that. I understand him being aggravated. But he didn't need to shoot my brother. He didn't need to kill my brother," Nigel said. 

Brown said his brother and Mealy had been friends for more than 10 years.

He added conclusions should not be drawn until all the information is out there.

"And until she is in court, until all the evidence that has been has been recovered is displayed in front of everybody and everybody in court, there shouldn't be any speculations about anything from anybody," Nigel said. 

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