LIMA — A 62-year-old man charged with killing a relative during an argument was given a chance Friday to post $7,500 bail to be released from jail.
Judge RicKard Workman said he was setting the lower bond because Earl Fuqua did not have a criminal record, and has a business and home in the community. Fuqua is charged with murder. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday at Lima Municipal Court.
The shooting happened inside Fuqua Repair Shop at Elm Street and Central Avenue. Elmer Cunningham, 48, was shot once in the abdomen. He died a short time later at the hospital.
The business was a gathering place for various people to stop to talk and hang out. There were other people at the business hanging out when the shooting took place, Lima police Lt. Jim Baker said.
Detectives continued to investigate Friday, Baker said.
After the hearing, Fuqua’s daughter, Shawna Fuqua, said her family was trying to find out what happened. She said Cunningham was her cousin.
“We’re all family,” she said.
She said they plan to try to raise the $7,500 to free her dad from jail.
She said her family expects to have a lofty legal bill since her father is charged with murder. She is asking that donations be made to his attorney, Jerome Doute.
She said her father has had his business for at least 30 years.
While Fuqua has no record, Cunningham has been in trouble with the law multiple times including being sent to prison three times. He most recently was released in December 2007 after serving less than a year for selling drugs.