Judge removes attorney from fatal Macon gas station shooting case

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The attorney for the man who shot and killed a Jones County woman at a Macon gas station almost two years ago believes the judge illegally took her off the case.

“I think his order took the focus off the case,” attorney Veronica Brinson said.

Brinson believes Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms overstepped his authority when he filed a motion last week to take her off Frank Reeves’ case.

“I think that Judge Simms did not believe that we would fight this matter and that the Reeves family would be adamant about keeping me on this case,” she said.

Reeves is accused of fatally shooting Linda Hunicutt at the Murphey’s Express on Gray Highway in December 2012. According to police reports, Hunicutt and Reeves got into an argument after Reeves hit Hunicutt’s vehicle with his wheelchair.

Reeves is currently booked in the Bibb County jail and is facing a felony murder charge.

Brinson says Judge Simms called her “ineffective” as an attorney and assigned a court appointed lawyer. She adds he did this without consulting Reeves’ family.

“We understand the loss is there, but we understand that there is also a process of the law and it should not be overlooked,” Reverend Michael Cash, Reeves’ nephew said. “The eyes of justice shall prevail.”

Brinson claims Judge Simms’ order was illegal. She believes he did it in retaliation after she filed a motion to remove him as judge.

“We understand the Hunicutt’s loss, but at no time would it be right for us to allow justice to walk over my father’s rights in pursuit of a quick verdict. That’s not going to happen,” Frank Dixon, Reeves’ son said.

Brinson says she will keep fighting for Reeves and his right to choose his own representation.

“I cannot stand idle and I will not stand idle and let Judge Simms just have his way as he thinks he may have in this situation,” Brinson said.

41NBC reached out to Judge Simms for comment. He told us he cannot talk to the media about cases.

Brinson says Reeves’ case is set to go to trial on November 10th.

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