Macon, Georgia. On November 27, 2023, James L. Card, 23, pled Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon for the shooting death of his brother, Marquez Card, after the State announced Ready for trial which was slated to begin the week of December 4. On July 7, 2021, James and Marquez went to a house on Dewey Street where a third brother, Deondre, was located. James began a verbal altercation with Deondre. Marquez tried to calm the situation and to get James to leave. Instead of calming down or leaving, James pulled out a gun and shot Marquez two times. He also shot at Deondre. James fled the scene, and Marquez succumbed to his injuries. James was apprehended on July 21, 2021, after family members identified where he had been hiding. When James was interviewed by investigators, he claimed the shooting was in self defense because Marquez had a weapon. James was sentenced to 20 years to serve in prison.
“The actions of James Card, as a son and a brother, have tragically resulted in a double loss for this family. Because of an unthinking moment with a firearm, one brother is dead at the hands of another. One son is no longer a part of the family, and the other son will spend many years of his young life away from that same family. My prayers are with this grieving family as they struggle to find a way to heal from this senseless violence.”
The Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office especially thanks the work of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in helping to bring a measure of justice for this nightmarish situation.