By Erica Thomas, managing editor
BIRMINGHAM — The judge presiding over the case of a 22-year old Pinson man, accused in a deadly shooting, has ruled the defendant is eligible for bond.
Bryan Hancock’s bond was amended on Friday, May 31, 2019, to $250,000. Hancock was originally being held in the Jefferson County Jail with no bond. The defendant has been behind bars since March, when an incident in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel on Norrell Drive, led to the shooting death of Randy Young.
Hancock’s attorneys said the shooting was done in self-defense. Hancock told 911 dispatchers he was punched in the face by Young while he was sitting in a truck in front of the restaurant. Hancock said he felt his life was in danger.
Hancock’s close family member said Hancock did what he had to do to stay alive.
“He’s the gentle giant,” the family member said. “He’s the one that all the babies in the family love because he’s so tall. My 12-year-old daughter checks on him every day because this is killing her.”
The family member became emotional while explaining the pain the family has experienced since March 28. She said she understands that Young’s family is hurting as well, and she has reached out to them.
The family member said Hancock has always been known as quiet and calm. He had no criminal record.
“He’s never been a trouble-maker. He is a compassionate, sweet, family teddy bear. He thought he was going to die in that truck and he did what he had to do! We just want to bring our baby home. The truth is going to come out,” she said.
Hancock will be monitored by GPS electronic monitoring if he posts bond. Judge Clyde Jones said if released, Hancock must be on complete lockdown.
The case has been bound over to a grand jury.