ATLANTA - A judge denied bond on Monday for an Atlanta man accused of gunning down a local U.S. Army sergeant who was handing out shoes to the homeless.
It happened on Pine Street in downtown Atlanta during the early hours of Sept. 1.
"It's not easy. I'm sorry for my mom. It's not easy for my mom,” the victim's brother, Godwin Eminue, said.
Police say Army Sgt. Atting Eminue, 24, was shot to death while giving away shoes outside a local homeless shelter. Harold Dodson, 21, is charged with the crime.
"He's never had justice. He was born poor,” family friend the Rev. Lydia Meredith said.
Meredith said she has known Dodson since he was a little boy and is concerned about a rush to judgement. But she admits he made a living dealing drugs.
"His family, all they knew was the street life, but they're not murderers,” Meredith said.
Meantime, some members of Atting Eminue’s family flew in from his native country Nigeria to attend the court hearing.
They’re glad Dodson will have to remain behind bars while he awaits trial.
"The history of crimes alone quite demands that he should stay in jail,” the victim’s uncle, Imyang Atting, said.
Prosecutors said Dodson had five felony convictions before the age of 21. He will be back in court next month. The victim’s family said they will be there, too.