Two charged with murder in Brick House shooting

ALBANY, Ga. -- A judge set bail for two men charged with murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old LaShelton Kernard Stanford of Flovilla, law enforcement officials stated.

Antonio Seay, 20, and Shernard Smith, 18, both of Albany, had their bail set at $32,000 each Wednesday by Dougherty Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall.

The accused remained in Dougherty County Jail in lieu of bail Thursday night, a jail spokeswoman said.

"We opposed any bail in this case, but Judge Marshall set it," said District Attorney Greg Edwards. "If people meet the judge's criteria, they can get bail on any alleged offense."

According to Edwards there are four typical legal criteria for having bail set:

-- The likelihood the accused will return to court.

-- The accused will probably not tamper with evidence.

-- The likelihood the accused will not commit another crime.

-- The accused will probably not intimidate witnesses.

Seay and Smith were previously charged with murder, aggravated assault, gang participation and other crimes in connection with the 5:30 a.m. Valentine's Day shooting.

The allegations that led to the charges are that Seay and Smith shot two guns putting seven bullets into Stanford, Edwards said. A security guard at the location suffered a shot to his arm and recovered.

The shooting at Brick House Productions on the 1700 block of Schilling Road started after a fight spilled into the parking lot at what had been labeled a recording studio.

From late December 2007 until Feb. 14 there had been 30 incidents of aggravated assault, armed robbery, weapons and narcotics violations at the business. Brick House owner-operators Molly and Daniel Loving, her husband, were charged with selling alcohol without a license in 2008.

The Albany City Commission unanimously revoked the Lovings' business license on Feb. 26.