A Columbia County grand jury recently indicted two men, one for accidentally killing another.
The jury indicted Evans
Bernard Walton, of Applecross Drive in Martinez, with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Donald James Blakely, 51, according to court documents released Friday.
Walton and Blakely, of Harlem, were arguing on Sept. 30 outside Applecross Apartments, where deputies found Blakely lying on the ground unconscious, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Though Walton left before police arrived, he turned himself in to authorities from a building across the street and admitted to striking Blakely, according to the report. Walton said he called Blakely a drunk, so Blakely spit in his face.
Walton said he slapped Blakely, who then fell backward and hit the back of his head on the sidewalk, according to the report.
Blakely was taken to the Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died from the injury the next day on Oct. 1. Walton was arrested on Oct. 1 and was charged with murder and aggravated battery. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Oct. 28 after posting a $75,000 bond, according to jailers.
The grand jury also indicted a man accused of driving recklessly and causing a wreck that hurt a Buckhead, Ga., father and daughter.
Mustafa Mujahiduddeen Aquil, 31, of Jackson, Ga., was charged with two counts of serious injury by vehicle, hit and run, driving on a suspended license and too fast for conditions, following too closely and failure to maintain lane, according to court records.
At about 1 a.m. on Oct. 14, someone called 911 to report a reckless driver, later identified as Aquil, in a dark-colored minivan headed east on I-20 between the Harlem and Grovetown exits. Deputies spotted the minivan at the Belair Road exit traveling well above the speed limit and attempted to catch up to him, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Major Rick Whitaker. As deputies approached the Wheeler Road exit, they saw smoke and a Ford Explorer flipping over several times.
Authorities said Aquil hit the back of a trailer being towed behind the Explorer. The driver of the Explorer, Timothy Moore, 59, and his daughter, 15-year-old Rachael Moore, both of Buckhead, Ga., were seriously injured.
Aquil, who was driving his mother’s van, was traced to his mother’s home. After an interview with police, Aquil was arrested. He’s being held in the jail on a $100,000 bond, according to jail records.