Waffle House shooting suspects appear in court

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Devon Smith and Enreik Hall, Jr., both 19-years-old, are behind bars after waiving their right to a preliminary hearing and agreeing to a reduced bond.

Loved ones packed the MPD lobby as they awaited the judge's decision.

"Both of the defendants were represented by an attorney and any time a defendant agrees to a bond, it's certainly simpler on the court," said Municipal Court Judge Robbie Jones.

Meridian Police say the two teenagers may be the first of many arrested in this case. Smith and Hall Jr. are accused of shooting into a Waffle House and injuring Wildcat, Miles Miller, who has also committed to Navy. They're both charged with aggravated assault, shooting into a dwelling and shooting into a vehicle.

Friends of Miller say Smith is a former teammate. Smith played Junior Varsity for the Wildcats back in 2015.

Judge Robbie Jones says despite the reduced bond, he says Meridian won't tolerate violent crimes.

"You have to remember that both defendants are age 19 and that's a factor we have to consider. And also on the constitution they're presumed innocent at this stage of it. And considering their economic status which probably neither one of them had jobs, now that they're incarcerated, I felt like the amount of bond that was set was reasonable. Especially with them concurring in that amount," said Judge Jones.

Sergeant Dareall Thompson says the case is far from over. Police plan to arrest and prosecute all parties involved to highest extent of the law.

"Judge Darcy and I, along with the Chief and the mayor, have decided that if you use deadly force in Meridian and if we are presented with a question about your bond, it's going to be significantly high because we are just not going to tolerate that in this city," said Jones.

The case will be presented to the next available grand jury. Total bond for both suspects was reduced to $600,000.