Bullets Ring Out in One Thomasville Neighborhood

By: Kate Gaier
By: Kate Gaier

Bond was denied Monday night for the suspect in this case, 41-year-old Jimmy Rollins

The judge stressed how serious this crime is and how the outcome could have been a whole lot worse.

Rollins stood quietly as the judge denied his bond.

"I'm not willing to set a bond for you," the judge said.

Rollins is accused of shooting 37-year-old Kevin Perkins outside of a 24-hour laundromat on North Boulevard Sunday morning. Investigators say Rollins parked behind a nearby liquor store, walked over to Perkins and fired his handgun.

"It's real scary, you know. I come through this neighborhood and I would like for this to be a safe environment for us to walk, even at night, even in the mornings," said Katherine Bentley, a concerned resident.

Perkins was shot in the wrist and groin area. At last check he was listed in good condition. Investigators say they aren't sure why Rollins pulled the trigger but it's possible the two men were involved in an ongoing dispute.

"It's scary and knowing that I work over here on the hill, it's devastating for something like this to happen, and I hope it don't happen around here no more because somebody could have gotten killed," says another concerned resident.

Rollins is no stranger to the law. We're told he has prior criminal convictions and that could be the reason his bond was denied.

At his bond hearing Jimmy Rollins asked the judge, "Can my family speak on my behalf?"

The judge responded, "It wouldn't help you at this point."

Investigators are still left with many questions. The biggest one is what would cause Rollins to shoot another man. Rollins is charged with aggravated assault. If convicted he could serve 20 years, and he’s also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, that charge a maximum of five years.

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