Apollo Holmes gets bail in Darius Miller beatdown case

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Hat Tip: Beth Warren, Atlanta Journal Constitution

The mother of a celebrity fitness trainer critically injured when he was beaten in a Midtown parking lot made an emotional plea to a judge Friday to think of her comatose son before granting bail to a suspect.

Patricia Bonhomme told Fulton County Magistrate Richard Hicks that her only son, Darius Miller, 41, nearly died when his heart stopped, but doctors were able to bring him back.

Doctors at Emory Crawford Long Hospital have told the family Miller may never come out of his vegetative state, Bonhomme said.

“I sit there watching my son suffer,” the mother said. “This violence has to stop. My son is lying there fighting for his life with tubes down him.”

Hicks told the victims’ mother, “I feel for you,” but under Georgia law, he had to grant bail to Apollo Holmes, who has no criminal record. He set it at $100,000.

Holmes, 24, is charged with aggravated assault in the attack on Miller.

Accounts differ regarding what happened the night of Dec. 16 outside two popular Peachtree Street nightclubs. One thing that is known is that Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s two daughters, Kai Franklin Graham, 35, and Kali Jamilla Franklin, 29, were present.

In one version, witnesses said a man turned his video camera on Graham, Franklin and a third, unidentified woman, and Miller, a friend of the mayor’s daughters, asked him to stop. At that point, witnesses said, about 10 men attacked Miller.

Page Pate, an attorney for 01 Entertainment, a party promoter filming an event at one of the clubs, has told a different story. He said witnesses told him the fight started after the three women became upset when they thought someone was videotaping them leaving a club about 2:30 a.m.

Miller stepped in and tried to take the video camera as several men crowded around him, Pate said. A scuffle ensued, and Miller ended up striking his head on the pavement, the attorney said.

Holmes’ attorney, Bruce Harvey, brought in several witnesses who were ready to testify. The defendant’s newborn son also was brought to court.

But Hicks opted not to hear from the supporters. Besides granting bail to Holmes, the judge assigned him a 6 p.m. curfew and ordered him to live with his mother in Mableton.

Holmes will continue his job at a rug manufacturing plant but cannot keep working nights as a front-desk security guard at a condominium due to the curfew, Harvey said.

Fulton prosecutor Jack Barrs said outside court that the case remains under investigation.

“There are other arrests coming,” Barrs said without elaborating.

32 thoughts on “Apollo Holmes gets bail in Darius Miller beatdown case

  1. One Iam

    “If” is a big word. If Darius Miller was drunk and he
    fell after starting a struggle over someone else’s camera, nobody is going to do jail time.

  2. Joe

    I knew this man Darius Miller, he was a good man. He never tried to take any camera, 01 Entertainment is not telling the truth. Of corse 01 Entertainment are going to say he just fell on a nice dry xmas night. Why would a man try to grab a carmera from 15 men.The owner’s of 01 Entertainment stood there and laughed while the young dudes in 01 Entertainment jumped him. not to mention 01 Entertainment was saying ther were the new BMF’s. Where’s the tape ???? Noone is talk because their lawyers iare trying to get them out of this mess.The little the press says about this and stop making up stories from 01 Entertainment then this will go good. Lawyer’s lie all the fucking time if your lawyer don’t make up a bullshit story fire him and find yourself a new lawyer. That’s their job is to get u off even if u are a killer. When they got done jumping him and when he walked away they hit him in the back of his head and stomped him. 01 Entertainmen changed their story up to many times. First they said they wasn’t their then they said they followed him to his car cause they thought he was going for a gun and he just fell and hit his head that is bullShit!

  3. One Iam

    How does 15 men hold 1 camera? Why would 15 men be gathered around 1 cheap video camera? Why would 2 or 3 women feel secure enough to start some sh-t with 15 thugs? Because Darius Miller had their backs? Get real! The story is not true, its bullsh-t.

  4. justice

    to me.. all that bullshit some of you are talking doesnt matter…

    THERE IS NO REASON GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANYONE TO STOMP OR THROW A PUNCH BECAUSE SOMEONE TELLS YOU TO STOP OR YOU FEEL THREATENED BY SOMEONE.

    THE LAW WILL PERSECUTE YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THEIR CAPABILITY!

    01 ENTERTAINMENT HAS GUILT WRITTEN ALL OVER THEM… WHY REMOVE ALL THE IMAGES FROM YOUR MYSPACE? WHY GO INTO HIDING?! WHY HARASS WOMEN AND FORCE THEM TO BE ON YOUR CAMERA?!

    EITHER WAY IT GOES.. THE REAL TRUTH WILL COME OUT WHEN THEY ARREST MORE PEOPLE AND THEY START SNITCHING!

  5. One Iam

    Who’s hiding? 01 Entertainment hopes that the truth does come out. There has only been one questionable warrant and the young man that it was drawn out on walked into the Fulton County jail of his own free will. You remove your images from the internet in order to keep the press from hanging you so bad in order to promote paper sales and television viewership. The police beat people into comas all the time. I don’t know what gives them the right to persecute anyone. Lets just say they have the might, not the right.

  6. truth

    ONE I AM is clearly lost. I assume you get paid minimum wage by these bums too. The new BMF? nobody’s even heard of these clowns until now. I hope they pay you well for spittin all of this gargabe coming out of your mouth. Do you honestly think its cool to jump one dude and your in a group. Uless he had the gun pointed at those chumps there was no reason to fight. They just chumps trying to be tuff and make a name. They made a name alright now they will never get business in the “A” get a new crew cause your ships sinking. Apollo is lucky he even got bail. He needs jail time for putting his hands on someone else. These fools need to think about what they do before they put their hands on someone. I think they taped they beating too and just trying to hide it. It does not make sense they would be outside filming or trying to film girls with no tape. they are liars and you should be ashamed to be spreading more bs to protect criminals. Just think if it were your brother or father.

  7. One Iam

    Darius Miller is my brother but reportedly, it was Darius that claimed BMF and went to his vehicle to get
    something to “air it out” with. Reportedly, it was Darius that attempted to take anothers personal property. Maybe Darius bit off more than he could chew and got his azz kicked, maybe he was drunk and he really fell and hit his head on the pavement. I don’t know and you don’t either. That is all I’ve been saying. Don’t convict anyone without a fair trial my friend.

  8. b-eazy

    Every one has been calling these guys all types of cowards and thugs and it is simply ridiculous. My question is why would a group of people dressed in shirts with the name of the company they represent recklessly beat a man into coma? There are too many wholes in this story… Where I am from gangs where colors not company logos… And from what I hear this man (Darius) began grabbing people 1st… then said he was about to shoot up the parking lot where this happened… I don’t know about you but i can’t say that he didn’t ask 4 it. I pray that he makes a full recovery but real thugs would have done worst to him…

  9. think4yourself

    I’m listening too both sides of the story from people who were not physically there.The only thing that pops in my mind is.Why won’t kali franklin and kai franklin graham speak out.I mean their the victims right?but their silents draws guilt.I mean they were their an I can’t understand why its so hard to verbally defend a man that physically defended them.I THINK there’s more too this story than what the media is saying.So all the Men an Women who were involved need to come forth an be MEN an Women.Because the lives of two black men are at stake in this matter.And lord knows we need every brother we got!

  10. oh4real

    “Think4yourself” you wanna know why the franklin sistas can’t defend darius?Well Kai franklin Graham was’nt suppose to be outside.She got a big case coming up.You know the one where she got caught washing drug money for her husband.The little sister an friends, gone do whatever mommy mayor say too protect her first born baby kai.It’s just easier to fuck over a young man with a wife & newborn than tell the truth.ya know?

  11. TruthHurts

    Goodlookin? You’er lookin bad. You’er attitude is all wrong. We do need justice and we will get it for those who deserve it and you are on the losing team. I’ve been reading the blogs on this situation and everyday I learn something new. I’ve come to realize the story first being told is not true and it seems that from your elementary name calling you have come to the same realization. You are just tryin to keep the bullsh*t going cause the bottom line is the Truth Hurts.

  12. think4yourself

    Thank you “TruthHurts” I see somebody can think4theirselves. All I was asking is why is it so hard too verbally defend a man that physically defended them? Why is it so hard for the Franklin sisters too do that? Especially when Darius Miller,Apollo Holmes,01ent,an the franklin sisters have been the only ones the police implicated in this case.Due too injuries our brother Darius miller can’t come forth. Apollo Holmes answered his warrant by getting legal rep an turning his self in. 01 ent has came out with their side through legal rep.But the franklin sisters remain silent an their the only people who can really tell their version of the story.But stupid bi*ch is the only answer I recieved.Weird?I just don’t want the T.V. an upset blogers too make up your mind for you. “Goodlookin” I just want you too think4yourself.

  13. I just ran up on this blog. PLEASE PLEASE don’t do this to Darius family or anyone else’s involved. These words were so inappropriate, all of them. The words are choosing sides and the side that matters is RIGHT! RESPECT Darius mother and Apollo mother. One’s son is in a coma and one’s son may be having the hardest time of his life right now, guilty or innocent. We all want to be understood & forgiven. God isn’t confused about what is to be understood and forgiven. So SHUT YOUR MOUTHS & say a prayer for all parties involved. Let God handle the didn’t do nothings, the power who got over police, the daughters of a women, the ran awayers, the drivers of this,(oh my God, it’s so petty when my FRIEND laying in a hospital bed), and believe me God knew who served Him that night. I don’t mean disrespect or mean to yell but PLEASE let my FRIEND rest. What we put in the atmosphere (negative & positive) is felt. God bless.

  14. Apollo Holmes is back on MySpace. Checkout “Gutterman Entertainment” in the music
    section of myspace. You should listen to “The Wire.”

  15. Shantygirl

    Update on my cousin,Darius he is still with us and god will take care of those that deserve justice. By the way he was not drunk.

  16. boy stop

    shantygirl why yo cousin start claiming bmf?why did yo cousin threaten to kill people over some footage?film is not a good enough reason to kill a human being over.oh unless you kai franklin graham and some of the guys you were with can get you 135 years if you’re seen with them.but do people deserve to die.why all the murder cases bmf got fulton county DA drop the charges.I guess you can sleep better when bobby brown nephews get ice pics in the neck.why if yo cousin know for throwing parties at copelands they made him into this billy blanks christian trainer dude?if he’s yo cousin you know how he get down.who he fuck with and how his temper is.stop playing stupid girl.

  17. bra man

    any updates on darius?tell me he’s walking or talking by now.it’s gonna be a year in a minute.may god bring him back mind,body,and soul.

  18. sharon

    I am really sad to hear that Apollo took his life.I new him he dated my daughter and he was a good guy.My heart goes out to his family.

  19. NEWFRIEND

    I KNEW APOLLO FOR ONLY A SHORT TIME BUT HE WAS A YOUNG MAN IN THE PRIME OF HIS LIFE WITH A BABY BOY FIGHTING A FIGHT THAT NONE US SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO AT ANY AGE.
    BY TAKING HIS LIFE HE MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT THAT HE WAS SPARING MANY PEOPLE ( HIS FAMILY) HEARTACHE.
    YOUNG BROTHER REST IN PEACE

  20. One Iam

    Apollo Holmes was the best. I knew him well. He received so much hate for some shit that a negro brought on himself that he just snapped out. The whole situation is tragic and the two Franklin tramps that started all the shit have silently disappeared, while one good brother is dead and another good brother is a vegetable. Shit! MAKE A MOVIE.

  21. TruthBtold

    Now look what you’ve done. With all your hate mail and prejudging. You all have no earthly idea what Apollo went through in 2008. You have no idea what his family is dealing with now and for the rest of their lives. Some of you bloggers(and we all know who you are) said some of the meanest and most hurtful things you could think of. Whatever happen to “benefit of doubt”? Oh I know what happen to it. All you smart people gave it Kai and Kali Franklin the convicted criminals. You could have gave alittle “benefit of doubt” to Apollo since he never had a criminal record and you could have saved his life. You could have been a hero instead of a coward. Fear is a disease. “Man up, stand up. Its time to be a G”. Myspace.com/Guttermanentertainment. The Wire. This is just the begining.
    APOLLO HOLMES IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Ima Extort You When You Get There

    for all the niggas that really knew what happened and was there. yall should kill yall selves, lettin that man bear the brunt of what you did. the truth is Apollo was innocent and several men that he was cool with imaturely started fighting with some random nigga trying to impress a bitch and cause him to bust his shit on the parking lot and then let yo mans take the blame. but now the streets know your gay and yall never gonna make it in the industry. all yall should look at your kids and hope they dont become bitchmade cowards like you.

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