Student in gang fight held on bond

A Morrow High School student, arrested Monday on fighting and gang activity charges, is being held in the Clayton County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Denzel Jerome Marshall, 17, of Rex, told Clayton County Magistrate Betrice Scott he will be able to post the bond. He also asked for a public defender. If Marshall is released on bond, he will not be allowed to return to Morrow High School until the case is completed, said Scott.

Marshall was arrested after a month-long investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, said Lt. Brian Crisp. Investigator Spencer Norton said several members of a local Bloods gang were fighting Oct. 28, behind the Morrow school.

"It wasn't two rival gangs, but members of the same gang fighting for status," said Norton.

Two suspects were arrested Monday at the school, two were arrested at home, said Norton. A fifth has fled to Texas. Marshall is the only one of the five suspects old enough to be charged as an adult.

Norton said investigators will conduct follow-up interviews and more charges could be filed. He said the arrests illustrate the gang problem in Morrow.

"It is fair to say there is a big gang issue at Morrow High School," he said.

–– Kathy Jefcoats