Olive Brach carjacking suspect appears in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Olive Brach carjacking suspect appears in court

A Memphis man Olive Branch Police say stole a woman's car and was later shot by her son appeared in an Olive Branch courtroom Thursday.

Davis Bates attended court in a wheelchair, still suffering from injuries he suffered shortly before he was apprehended.

"He's obviously injured," said defense attorney Kevin O'Brien. "I had to push his wheelchair before the judge. He's shackled on one side, so he couldn't even manipulate his wheelchair."

Bates faces a carjacking charge, accused of causing the chaos on Stateline Road in late October.  Police claim Bates held up 70-year-old Bobbie Gray, stealing her car.  Her son chased after him, eventually shooting him in a leg, a shooting police called "justifiable."

According to investigators, Bates had an accomplice, Xavier Blackmon, accused of driving Bates to the carjacking.

In court, both pleaded not guilty and waived a preliminary hearing. In exchange, bond for both was dropped from $150,000 to $100,000.

"It'll proceed down to the grand jury," said defense attorney Bill Travis. "Based on my information from the defense side, I'm not certain when that will be, but it will be probably soon."

It's the next stop on the long road through the legal system for David Bates, as he continues on the long road to recovery from his wounds.

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