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Accused drive-by shooters in court

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Four children were sleeping soundly in a home on Ashland Avenue in Columbus on July 18th when shots were fired towards the house at 2 am.  Lionel Igues was inside the house when the shots were fired, "I thought it was fireworks."

One of the victims reached for a phone and called police, identifying 19 year old Jermaine Williams and 19 year old Josh Bryer as the suspects.  Just moments after the car sped off, the victim's phone began to ring.

An Investigator told the judge Monday in Recorder's Court, "The victim in this case received text messages from the individuals saying, 'sorry, why are you calling the police on us'."

He added, when Jermaine Williams was arrested they found a 40 caliber gun, which he admitted was the gun used in the crime.  He also admitted to the crime and told investigators Josh Bryer was with him in the car.  Investigators then arrested Bryer.

"We talked to Mr. Bryer and he admitted to sending those text messages."

He may have admitted to the text messages, but in court Monday morning Bryer's father stood up and said it was actually he who was involved in the crime and his son was just trying to save him from jail. The judge didn't buy it, saying "there are several witnesses saying he was where things happened with the shooting."

While covered up gunshot holes still line the inside and outside of Lionel Igues' home...he has only positive thoughts.

"The Columbus Police Department did a great job and I'm thankful they caught the people that did it and everything is gonna be alright and I'm glad they got it taken care of."

Both Williams and Bryer each received $20,000 bonds for the aggravated assault and $20,000 for possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

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