January 9, 2010 7:50:00 PM
Bond and preliminary court dates have been set for two West Point men charged in a December shooting.
Michael Ball, 17, of 312 W. Half Mile St. in West Point, and Deandres Bell, 17, of 918 Griffin St. in West Point, will appear in Municipal Court Feb. 2 to determine whether they will be held over for Circuit Court in April on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. During their Tuesday bond hearing, Municipal Court Judge Mark Cliett ruled both men would remain in custody in the Clay County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Ball and Bell are charged in the Dec. 21 shooting of Marcus Johnson, a Starkville juvenile attending West Point schools.
Johnson was shot six times in the torso by a .38-caliber pistol while walking along Kitty Dill Memorial Parkway walking trail in West Point.
One of the six shots lodged near Johnson''s spine and it is unknown if he will regain full use of his legs.