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Accused shooter held without bond

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

A Morrow man is being held without bond, following his arrest more than a month after police said he kidnapped, and shot, a former girlfriend, before stealing her car.

Lavar Donnez Ferrell, 33, made his first appearance Tuesday afternoon in Clayton County Magistrate Court, but had to be escorted out before his name was called.

As he waited with other inmates, Ferrell exchanged words with a Clayton County sheriff's deputy and continued to make hand gestures after he was told to sit still and be quiet.

When Magistrate Judge Richard Brown called his case, Ferrell was brought back into the courtroom to hear his charges. Ferrell faces almost a dozen felonies in the July 2 shooting of his former girlfriend, Monique Van Dunk, 30, of College Park. Van Dunk was shot once in the neck, said police.

Police said Ferrell fled the area in his former girlfriend's Dodge Charger. He was arrested early Monday morning.

Brown denied bond for Ferrell, because he is already serving nine years on probation for making terroristic threats against Van Dunk. Ferrell has a long history of arrests in Clayton, Fulton and DeKalb counties, according to court records.

–– Kathy Jefcoats