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by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Frank Reeves' lawyer says she'll ask a judge to send him back to jail because his family can't care for him.

- Reeves is accused of killing 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt at a gas station on December 4.

- The lawyer previously argued that Reeves' health was suffering with him incarcerated.

The lawyer for an elderly murder suspect says she'll ask a judge to send him back to jail because his family is unable to care for him.

Frank Reeves is accused of shooting a 65-year-old Jones County woman to death at a gas station on the Gray Highway in Macon back in December. He was 73 at the time of the shooting.

He was released on bond in March.

By text message, his lawyer, Veronica Brinson, told 13WMAZ's Kenny Burgamy that she plans to draft a consent order to send Reeves back to the Bibb County jail.

"The family of Mr. Reeves cannot care for him and have asked to have him returned to the jail," she wrote. "It is really sad."

Brinson did say that if an alternate plan could be approved by the courts, that includes an assistant living facility, the family would be happy to see that happen.

She did not offer details and said she would not give further interviews on the matter. But she said the case illustrates both the problems that families have in caring for elderly members and the lack of care available for veterans like Reeves.

He's accused of shooting Linda Hunnicutt Dec. 4 after her car and hismotorized wheelchair bumped in the parking lot of the Murphy's ExpressGas station on Gray Highway in East Macon.

In March, Judge Edgar Ennis set his bond at $100,000.

Until trial, the court says Reeves must wear an electronic ankle bracelet, must be accompanied by an adult family member 24 hours a day and can leave his home only for specified purposes, like doctor's visits.

That ruling came about six weeks after another judge denied bond.

Judge Howard Simms wrote that all evidence in the case pointed to "an unprovoked and violent assault" on Hunnicutt.

At the time, Brinson argued that Reeves' health was poor and his condition was suffering in jail.

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