Thursday, August 13, 2009
Bail denied for shooting suspect
ATLANTA -- The 30-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing ex-boxing champion Vernon Forrest was denied bond Thursday, a day after officers pursued him on an interstate and arrested him.
Charmon Sinkfield had his first appearance before a magistrate at the Fulton County jail on Thursday morning on charges including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Police say he was arrested the previous night driving a black sedan on Interstate 20 in Atlanta, wearing a wig that gave the appearance of dreadlocks.
Authorities had been trailing Sinkfield since Atlanta police issued a warrant for his arrest late last week and captured him after they set up a rolling roadblock on the freeway, said U.S. Marshals fugitive task force member James Ergas. He called the case a "very exhausting investigation."
"Since last week, it was nonstop pretty much," Ergas said.
Atlanta police declined to release the arrest warrant for Sinkfield, saying it's part of an ongoing investigation.
Two other men -- Demario Ware, 20, and Jquante Crews, 25 -- have been arrested and charged with murder in the case, but Atlanta police spokesman Eric Schwartz said they believe Sinkfield was the triggerman. The three of them are scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 19.
Sinkfield, who also spells his first name as Charman, appeared in the small jailhouse courtroom wearing a navy blue shirt and pants and handcuffs. Sinkfield sat with his hands over his eyes until the judge read him the charges.
A woman who identified herself as Sinkfield's sister but would not give her name declined comment after the hearing.
Sinkfield did not have an attorney with him for the hearing.
He was sentenced to 2 years in jail in Cobb County on burglary and criminal damage charges in 1994, according to the Department of Corrections. In 2002, Sinkfield was sentenced to 10 years in jail after being convicted of drug charges in Cobb County. He was released in 2007.
The 38-year-old Forrest was shot to death on July 25 after he chased a man who robbed him of his championship ring and Rolex watch.
Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., who lived in Atlanta, was a member of the 1992 Olympic team along with Oscar De La Hoya. The fighter later won welterweight and junior middleweight titles and compiled a professional record of 41-3 with 29 knockouts. He gained notoriety when he became the first boxer to defeat Shane Mosley.