TALLADEGA COUNTY -- A Goodwater man facing capital murder charges in Talladega County will go to trial as an adult.

Austin Shane Bonner, 21, had asked to be tried as a youthful offender, but during a hearing Thursday afternoon, Circuit Judge Julian King denied that request.

According to court documents, Bonner was then arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He is accused of shooting and killing Josh Bearden, 35, on Oct. 1, 2015. Bearden appears to have been killed inside his truck by a shot fired from outside of it.

Bearden’s body was found inside his truck by Talladega County sheriff’s deputies on Settlement Road near Sylacauga. Bonner was charged with murder and turned himself in less than two weeks later, but he was able to post a $100,000 bond almost immediately.

That bond was increased to $150,000 after a grand jury indicted him on the capital murder charge, but he was still able to make that as well.

The Talladega County District Attorney’s Office has recused itself from the case, which is being prosecuted by the Etowah County DA’s office.

Also in court this week,

  • King and Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth accepted guilty pleas from Cody Michale Huddleston, 22, to burglary of a dwelling in the third degree, receiving stolen property in the first degree and breaking into and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, respectively. Hollingsworth sentenced him to concurrent 31 month sentences, suspended, two years probation. King sentenced him to concurrent sentences of 36 months, suspended, 21 months probation;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Jeremy Shane Benefield, 29, to possession of a controlled substance and sentenced him to 24 months, suspended, 24 months probation;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Correggio G. Stockdale, 40, to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and sentenced him to 60 months in prison and 187 days in jail, respectively;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Morris M. Crowson, 57, to possession of a controlled substance, and sentenced him to 24 months in prison, suspended, 24 months probation;
  • King accepted guilty pleas from Robert Daniel Suggs, 31, to possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in the first degree, and sentenced him to 24 months, suspended, 24 months probation. The possession charge was originally trafficking in methamphetamine, but he pled the lesser included charge; two additional possession charges were dismissed.
  • King accepted guilty pleas from Timothy Sean Hill, 29, to two counts of forgery in the third degree, and sentenced him to 24 months, suspended, 24 months probation;
  • Jimmy Ray Housch, 30, tested positive for marijuana and had his bond revoked;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Ronald Earl Lamb, 64, to assault in the second degree and sentenced him to 10 years, reverse split, 24 months probation and six months in prison;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Marquise Antonio Goffer, 36, to violation of the sex offender registration and notification act, and sentenced him to 15 years, reverse split, two years probation and one year in prison;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Laderek J. Armstrong, 25, to receiving stolen property in the third degree, and sentenced him to 60 months, suspended, two years probation;
  • King accepted guilty pleas from Courtney D. Jones, 27, to two counts of burglary in the third degree and sentenced him to 90 months in prison, concurrent;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Joe Daniel Cooper, 28, to theft of property in the first degree and sentenced him to 80 months in prison;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Mark Anthony Carlisle, 40, to possession of a controlled substance, and sentenced him to 36 months, suspended, two years probation;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Matthew Lee Crew, 42, to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and sentenced him to 60 months, split, nine months to serve and 24 months probation and 188 days in jail, respectively;
  • King accepted a guilty plea from Allen Ray Rudd, 38, to theft of property in the third degree, breaking into and entering a motor vehicle and burglary in the second degree, and sentenced him to 60 months, split, nine months to serve and two years probation on the first two charges and 75 months in prison on the third;
  • Hollingsworth accepted guilty pleas from Rodney Wayne Hicks, 33, to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and sentenced him to 76 months in prison and 12 months in jail, concurrently;
  • Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Artra Janine Walker, 28, to possession of a controlled substance, and sentenced him to 90 months, reverse split, two years probation and nine months to serve;
  • Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Quentralleous Debardlabon to possession of a controlled substance and sentenced him to 58 months in prison. Charges of resisting arrest and attempting to elude were dismissed;
  • Roy Napoleon Harvey, 49, tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine and had his bond revoked;
  • Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea Jeffrey Lynn Fair, 51, to theft of property in the first degree and sentenced him to 118 months in prison;
  • Hollingsworth accepted guilty pleas from Theodore D. Whitfield, 56, to each of three counts of theft of property first degree and sentenced him to 31 months, suspended, two years probation. Three counts of theft by deception were dismissed;
  • Hollingsworth sentenced Jaci Breanna Whitten, 24, to escape in the second degree, and sentenced her to three years, suspended, two years probation;
  • Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Carl Trapp, 38, to burglary in the third degree, and sentenced him to 96 months, split, 16 months in prison and two years probation;
  • Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Shelby A. Cheeks, 24, to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and sentenced her 23 months suspended, two years probation on each count, to serve concurrently. Another possession charge, a charge of possession of marijuana and two paraphernalia charges were dismissed; and
  • Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Jacob Andrew Price, 31, to obstruction of justice with a false identification, and sentenced him to 30 months in prison.