Fulton court, DA point fingers after murder suspect released on bond


Highlights

Dexter Hubbard, 19, is accused of killing Soloman Williams in front of his family.

Williams was changing the locks on his home at the time.

Hubbard was released Sept. 27 after a judge granted him bond. 

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office believes the judge’s actions were illegal.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office believes the judge’s actions were illegal.

A man accused of murder has been released on bond, and Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is calling the decision illegal, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Dexter Hubbard, 19, shot and killed 58-year-old Soloman Williams on Aug. 7 as Williams changed the locks on his Gossamer Street home in Union City’s Oakley Township subdivision, police said.

Williams’ wife and children were inside at the time.

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Hubbard was on the run for four days before he surrendered Aug. 11 at the Fulton County jail. 

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He was held there until a judge granted him bond, paving the way for his Sept. 27 release.

“The Fulton County system failed me and my husband,” said Louisa Williams, who watched her husband take his last breath.

 

Fulton County Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk told Channel 2 that Hubbard wasn’t indicted in the case and was therefore released. 

“He was, in fact, entitled to be indicted so this case could move forward and that did not occur in this case,” she said. 

Howard said the state did not give him enough time to indict the case. 

“The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office continues to believe this action by the Magistrate is illegal under Georgia law,” Howard said in a statement. 

He plans to present the case before a grand jury Friday and seek a no-bond arrest warrant, Channel 2 reported.

“Like many citizens,” Howard said, “we are wondering when this bond madness will come to an end.”

Kirk told Channel 2 the district attorney’s office was told in early September that bond would be granted in the case if Hubbard had not been indicted. 

In addition to the murder charge, Hubbard faces two counts of cruelty to children, four counts of aggravated assault and a charge of possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, according to jail records. 

— Staff writer Raisa Habersham contributed to this article. 

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