LAWRENCEVILLE -- Phillip Sailors -- the Lilburn man charged with killing a lost 22-year-old turning around in his driveway -- was released from the Gwinnett County jail Wednesday afternoon.
Detention center records show the wife of 69-year-old Sailors, who was arrested Sunday and charged with malice murder, posted $11,200 bond before her husband was released at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sailors' attorney, Michael Puglise, confirmed the release of his client, who was originally being held without bond.
The murder charges against Sailors stem from a deadly incident Saturday night at his home on Hillcrest Road.
Lilburn police have not issued an official report detailing the event, but accounts from both Puglise and friends of the victim, 22-year-old Rodrigo Aba Diaz, more or less match up.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, Diaz and his Mitsubishi 3000GT -- along with his girlfriend and two friends -- reportedly pulled into Sailors driveway after GPS directions took them to the wrong place. Fearing the worst, Puglise said, Sailors exited his house and fired shots at Diaz.
As the car was pulling away, a bullet from Sailors' .22-caliber Ruger revolver struck Diaz on the side of the head. The 22-year-old later died at Gwinnett Medical Center.
Puglise has asserted that his client -- a war veteran and Christian missionary retired from a career with BellSouth -- acted out of fear for he and his wife's safety. A wall not far from the home sports gang graffiti, and Sailors' mother-in-law, who lives next door, had recently been robbed, the attorney said.
Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley has said the case remains under investigation.
"To preserve the integrity of the case," he said in a statement earlier this week, "I will not be releasing further information concerning this incident."