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By Ed BrockThe two latest suspects in a gang shootout that led to the death of a 4-year-old boy made their first appearance in court on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Christopher and Cori Davis, both 19 and both from Conyers, are charged with aggravated assault in connection with the June 6 shootout at Riverdale Park on Church Street in which Trevon Wilson was killed. They were arrested at their individual homes Monday night by members of a task force composed of Riverdale and Clayton County Police officers and special agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that is investigating the shooting.

Christopher and Davis made their appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court to officially be told what the charges were against them and to learn that they would be denied bond. Bond could still be granted after a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. July 1.

Davis was called to the stand first, dressed in the red jumpsuit that marks Clayton County jail inmates who are considered security risks, and told the judge he expected to hire his own attorney. Emmanuel asked for and was given a court-appointed lawyer.

Two other suspects, 22-year-old Deontrez Williams and 16-year-old Xavious Cerdera Taylor, have been charged with felony murder in the incident in which Trevon Wilson was killed by a stray bullet from what police have called a gunfight between rival gangs.

Williams and Taylor are believed to have gone to the park on the day of the shootout to meet with the leader of a gang called the Southside Mafia, according to testimony from task force members at last week's preliminary hearing for the two. Williams and Taylor, identified as members of a gang called the Hit Squad, were confronted by 30 or more Southside Mafia members who were standing near the woods that border the park.

Christopher and Davis are believed to have been on the side of the park with the Southside Mafia, Riverdale spokeswoman Myisha Callaway said previously. Members of the task force said in their testimony that they believe the shot that killed Wilson, who was walking in the park with his grandmother, came from the Southside Mafia side.