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Suspect in killing appears in court

By Greg Gelpi

Without a word, Deontrez Williams of Fayetteville simply nodded his head as Magistrate Court Judge Robert Dolph read the charge of murder to him.

The 24-year-old and an unnamed 16-year-old are in police custody following the June 6 gang battle that killed a four-year-old in the crossfire.

The charge read that Williams "engaged in a gun battle" and "did cause the death of Trevon Wilson."

The suspect sat in the courtroom with his hands covering his face and eyes peering through his fingers as he waited for the judge to call his name.

Williams remains in the Clayton County jail without bond awaiting his next court appearance, a preliminary hearing, scheduled for Thursday.

Although the juvenile suspect is also being charged with felony murder, an adult charge, his name has yet to be released.

Riverdale Police Chief Greg Barney said police are interviewing others and more arrests are possible.

Police didn't have information as of Friday on whether Williams or the juvenile were directly responsible for Wilson's death.

The family of 4-year-old Wilson celebrated his short life during a funeral service at World Changers Church International in College Park Saturday.

Wilson was walking his bicycle with his grandmother Glenda Darville in Riverdale Park when about 50 shots were fired between two rival gangs. Both were hit by gunfire. Darville survived after being grazed by a bullet.

A makeshift memorial of balloons and stuffed animals has been set up Riverdale Park to remember Wilson.

Williams and the juvenile were arrested Thursday during a joint raid of Riverdale and Clayton County police officers on a house on Lyle Road in Riverdale. Barney was unsure if any weapons were seized during the raid on the house.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also assisting in the case. After conducting an autopsy, the GBI confirmed that the manner of death was homicide.

Anyone who was at or near Riverdale Park June 6 night around 7:22 p.m., the time of the killing, or who has information connected to the killing is asked to call the Riverdale Police Department at (770) 996-3382 and speak with a detective or dial extension 114 for Officer Debra Johnson.