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Accused cop killer to be arraigned

 

 

The next step in the complicated judicial process for a Riverdale teenager, who was indicted Wednesday in the shooting death of a Clayton County sheriff's deputy, is an arraignment hearing.

Johnathan Bun, 17, was indicted on multiple felonies related to the July 20 shooting death of Deputy Rick Daly. At the time he was killed, Daly was assisting in a traffic stop to arrest Bun on felonies charges in connection with a January armed robbery and aggravated assault at a Forest Park store.

Since Bun's July 20 arrest in the deputy’s shooting, he has made a flurry of court appearances in that case, and for a handful of others that stem from charges that precede Daly's shooting death in July.

In August, Bun pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges related to an incident that happened on his birthday, May 15. He was cited that day for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and criminal trespass.

After entering his plea, Bun was sentenced to 24 months in jail. He is serving that sentence in the Henry County Jail, where he is being held without bond on felony charges from separate cases, including Daly's shooting.

Bun also is a suspect in the armed robbery of Illusions Hair Studio in Riverdale, but has not been charged. Police said Bun and Xavier Carter, 18, of College Park, entered the business and took cash from patrons. Allegedly brandishing a gun, Bun reportedly demanded money from customers, while Carter allegedly locked the door and closed curtains to hide the incident, according to a warrant in the case.

Carter was arrested in that case in August and is being held on $100,000 bond in the Clayton County Jail.Bun has an extensive juvenile criminal history in Clayton County, dating back to age 10, so District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson, a former Juvenile Court judge, has recused herself from prosecuting his felony charges.

But Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco disputed recent news reports that Bun could soon be released on bond. "He's not getting out," said Tanjuatco. "He has a no-bond status, and is also serving a 24-month sentence from the State Court charges."

Defense attorney Lloyd Matthews declined in August to pursue a bond for Bun on the murder charges, because a State Court judge ordered Bun to undergo a mental evaluation. At that time, Matthews said he may pursue bond as soon as in 90 days.

"I am not requesting bond right now, but I may after 90 days, because he will be entitled to a bond at that time,” said Matthews.

But Tanjuatco said the 90-day rule applies only to the warrants issued at the time of Bun's July 20 arrest, not the additional 15 criminal charges included in Wednesday's indictment.

According to the Clayton County Superior Court calendar, Bun is due in court on the bond request Nov. 11.

"Even if he gets a $1 bond, he's already serving a 24-month sentence," said Tanjuatco.

If convicted of Daly's murder, Bun could spend the rest of his life in prison.