“No one deserves to say goodbye to their baby at Christmas,” Maxie wrote.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Belinda Edwards agreed with prosecutor Pat Dutcher that Reed is a flight risk who poses a danger to the community. He faces charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct.
Bumpus had asked that Reed be placed under 24-hour home confinement. She said other inmates in the Fulton County Jail know who he is, and her client fears for his safety.
“I don’t believe he fled the scene knowing this little girl was hurt,” Bumpus said. Reed, she said, was preparing to turn himself in when he was arrested.
That contradicts the prosecution’s account. Dutcher said Reed attempted to evade law enforcement in Virginia and, when finally apprehended, had to be forcibly removed from his vehicle after failing to comply with commands.
Reed had been gambling in the parking lot at Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21, the night Kennedy was shot, Dutcher said.
“He essentially just fired his firearm outside the rear passenger window out of anger and frustration over just what happened,” said the prosecutor. “He knowingly endangered the lives of many citizens.”
Police traced that vehicle to North Carolina. The car’s owner revealed Reed was in Virginia, Dutcher said.
Kennedy’s aunt told detectives she heard the gunfire while driving along Peachtree Road but didn’t immediately realize her niece has been struck.
The Phipps incident marked the second time Reed had been involved in a mall shooting, according to authorities. In October 2019, a 56-year-old woman was shot following a confrontation between Reed and another man at a Norfolk, Virginia, shopping center, Dutcher said.
Reed pleaded guilty to a count of accessory after the fact. Prior to the shootings, he had been in and out of jail, charged with offenses ranging from forgery to strangulation, Dutcher said.