Man accused of killing GPD Officer Kevin Jordan appears in court for arraignment

 

In this file photo, Michael Bowman, who stands accused of murdering Officer Kevin Jordan, of the Griffin Police Department, listened to arguments during his Tuesday afternoon preliminary hearing held before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. Bowman is represented by Public Defender Diana Davis, center, and Spalding County Senior Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Schwartz, standing far right, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the state of Georgia. Photo credit: Sheila Mathews

In this file photo, Michael Bowman, who stands accused of murdering Officer Kevin Jordan, of the Griffin Police Department, listened to arguments during his Tuesday afternoon preliminary hearing held before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. Bowman is represented by Public Defender Diana Davis, center, and Spalding County Senior Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Schwartz, standing far right, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the state of Georgia. Photo credit: Sheila Mathews

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Michael Bowman, the man accused in the May 31, 2014, shooting death of Officer Kevin Jordan, of the Griffin Police Department, was on Monday morning arraigned in Spalding County Superior Court.

Bowman, who is represented by Burt Baker, a public defender of the Capital Defenders Office in Macon, waived a reading of the 12 charges he faces, and entered a plea of not guilty to all counts of the indictment.

Bowman’s indictment includes one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault against a peace officer, one count of felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated assault against Raymond Jordan and six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Baker also acknowledged receipt of service of the Spalding County District Attorney’s Office intent to seek the death penalty against Bowman.

“Notice has been appropriately served,” Baker said.

Bowman himself spoke only briefly in direct response to yes-or-no questions from Sams.

Asked if he is satisfied with his legal representation, Bowman replied, “Yes, sir.”

Following the brief court proceeding, The Grip interviewed Baker, seeking to obtain information regarding the defense’s intent in the case.

When questioned on whether he intends to request a competency hearing for Bowman, Baker was noncommittal due to not yet having obtained all evidence in the case.

“Until the state provides us with discovery, I really don’t know,” he stated.

In response to questions regarding whether his defense strategy will follow that of Bowman’s previously-appointed public defender, who alleged the defendant may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Baker again declined to comment.

“I would not be at liberty to discuss that,” he said.

Baker said he has not yet determined if he will seek a change of venue for the criminal trial.

“We’re not in a position to properly evaluate that yet,” he said. “We’re way too early in the case to have a judgment as to whether that’s an appropriate relief to seek.”

Bowman appeared in court wearing street clothes and with a medical apparatus attached to his jaw, the result of a gunshot wound to the face sustained when the defendant was fired upon by Raymond Jordan, Officer Jordan’s brother.

Raymond Jordan’s actions have been deemed self defensive and he will not face criminal charges.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Anthony Brown says:

    If it was a black or Hispanic person he wouldn’t have no public defender they would have the WARDEN if he and she did the crime do the dam time my heart goes out to officer Jordan brother he could have killed the defender but he is his brother keeper my heart goes out to him and if cinvicted him/ her should be executed for killing a law enforcement officer

  2. He did the crime so he should be slapped with the harshest punishment available which is his life! He took the life of a well known and well loved man,I have no sympathy for him but I am a child of God so lord have mercy on his soul,which is all that should be left after his execution

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