By Ed Brock
The two men most recently arrested in connection with the gang shootout that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old boy may soon face felony murder charges.
Christopher Emmanuel and Cori Davis, both 19 and from Conyers waived their right to preliminary hearings Thursday and both were denied bond. Both are charged with aggravated assault.
The charges stem from a June 6 gang shootout at Riverdale Park on Church Street in which Trevon Wilson, who was walking in the park with his grandmother, was killed. Since the shooting a task force composed of officers from the Riverdale and Clayton County police departments and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been working on the case.
Members of the task force arrested Emmanuel and Davis on June 21.
During a brief hearing in which Emmanuel's attorney, Ladonya Horton, sought bond for her client Clayton County District Attorney Bob Keller announced that his office would be seeking to upgrade the charge against Emmanuel.
"This is a very serious offense. It is a murder, not an aggravated assault," Keller said.
Keller said after the hearing that all the information in the arrest warrant for Emmanuel and Davis was sufficient to justify a felony murder charge against the two. He couldn't explain why the two are currently charged with aggravated assault.
"That's just how the judge did it," Keller said.
On the day of the shooting 22-year-old Deontrez Williams and 16-year-old Xavious Cerdera Taylor, members of a gang known as the Hit Squad, went to meet the leader of a gang called the Southside Mafia.
Williams and Taylor, both of who are charged with felony murder in the case, were confronted by around 30 Southside Mafia members who were standing near a wooded area at the edge of the park. A shootout erupted between the two groups and the bullet that killed Wilson is believed to have come from a rifle and from the direction of the Southside Mafia members.
Emmanuel and Davis are members of the Southside Mafia. More arrests are expected in the case.
Two members of Emmanuel's family attended the hearing Thursday but did not want to comment on the case. In her plea for bond Horton said that Emmanuel was not a flight risk and his income helped to support his siblings.