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Man charged for escape attempt denied bond

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    Taylor B. Freeman

A Jones County man in jail for burglary and drug charges will remain in custody following a bond hearing, during which a new charge of attempted escape did not help his case.

Taylor Bryant Freeman was in Jones County Superior Court for a bond hearing July 23 via Zoom, represented by Ashley Deadwyler-Heuman. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Faith Worley.

Freeman, 28, was arrested March 10 and charged with two counts of burglary, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine.

Deadwyler-Heuman said Freeman had been in custody for four months and had no violent charges. She said he was active with his children and not a flight risk or a danger to the community.

Worley told the court that Freeman was facing theft charges in Peach County similar to what he is facing in Jones County and with the same codefendant. She said the value of items stolen in Peach County exceeded $100,000.

The prosecutor said he was arrested in Peach County in December of 2019 and was out on bond when the Jones County burglaries took place. She said Freeman was actually tracked by investigators from the Jones County burglaries to his home by his footprints.

Worley added that Freeman had been charged with attempting to escape from the jail while he has been incarcerated.

Deadwyler-Heuman said her client maintains his innocence for the escape charge and burglaries. She said Freeman says he knows nothing of the escape, and the burglaries were committed by his codefendant.

Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell denied Freeman’s bond at the conclusion of the hearing.

“It’s never good to have the same charges pending that you were arrested for,” she said.

Trammell gave reasons of risk of flight and risk to commit new felonies for the bond denial.

In a report of Freeman’s March 10 arrest, Jones County Sheriff Deputy Bradley James said items taken from the home on Shelby Court included two large screen televisions and three rings.

James said he and Investigator John Simmons, who was investigating a similar burglary, found footprints at the scene that they were able to follow to Freeman’s residence. After making contact with the suspect, a check of his shoes matched the footprints.

A search of the suspect found substances thought to be methamphetamine and cocaine in a cigarette pack in his pants pocket. Freeman was taken into custody.