Intended target now supports Cullman father accused of murder, says attorney

CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) – Jay Maynor’s defense attorney, Thomas Drake, wants his client’s bond changed from a cash bond to a property bond. Drake says there are a number of people in the community willing to sign on to support him.

Maynor is facing charges including murder, attempted murder, and reckless endangerment related to two shootings earlier this month according to his attorney, Thomas Drake.

In a bizarre twist Drake says that first man his client is accused of shooting at has actually signed a petition and an affidavit in support of Maynor.

Investigators say Maynor opened fire at a business off Highway 278, but missed his intended target. A worker at that store says the bullet lodged in the wall, but came dangerously close to children inside.

Authorities say Maynor then went to a different location and killed Raymond Brooks.

Thomas Drake says that Brooks had been convicted of sexually abusing a member of his client’s family back in 2002. Drake says both targets had connections to different members of Maynor’s family, but he claims there was a triggering event connected to both. However, Drake says he won’t go into detail about the catalyst until he explains it to a jury.

“We’ll be able to explain that those things were in fact interconnected. And that the trigger event that set into motion this chain of events were all related. And we also feel very confident that once a jury hears what the trigger event was, that they would agree that most people would have went over the edge,” said Thomas Drake.

We reached out to the family of Raymond Brooks, but they declined to comment Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office referred us to the Cullman County District Attorney for comment, but the D.A. was unavailable.

In a bizarre twist Thomas Drake says that first man his client is accused of shooting at has actually signed a petition and an affidavit in support of Maynor.

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