Morrow teen held in shooting

A Morrow teenager has been charged with accidentally shooting his friend. However, police say both of them may have been part of a robbing crew terrorizing Clayton County residents.

Joseph Jarvis Fluellen, turned 17 on Dec. 12, just two weeks before police said he kicked in the door of an apartment at a local complex and demanded money. Police said he was with an unknown suspect. Both pointed guns at nine people inside the unit, who were celebrating the holidays. The youngest was 10, according to the warrant.

Both suspects were wearing gloves and bandannas. When a bandanna slipped down around the neck of one of the men, one of the victims –– as she later told police –– got a good look at him. The woman told police she had seen the man around the complex and thought he was with some other people at a previous gathering at her home.

Another victim heard that same suspect was part of a robbing crew and went by "JuJu." The two men got away with cash and a 50-inch television, stated the warrants filed in Clayton Magistrate Court.

When police arrested Fluellen on Jan. 5 for shooting his friend, Mario Laurent, he was identified as one of the suspects in the December home invasion. It is unclear if Laurent was Fluellen's alleged accomplice.

Laurent was found shot to death at Fluellen's home. After first telling police his friend had been the victim of a drive-by shooting, Fluellen reportedly confessed to accidentally shooting him in the chest while they played around in his bedroom with a .380-caliber handgun.

Fluellen has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, tampering with evidence, possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 17 and theft by receiving stolen property. The gun was reported stolen on Oct. 5, 2010.

Fluellen allegedly told police he threw away two other guns, and hid the gun used in the shooting so he wouldn't have to go to jail.

After he was arrested in the shooting, police put the investigation together on the December home invasion, according to warrants in the case. Fluellen is charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary and false imprisonment in that case.

He was in Clayton Magistrate Court, Thursday, for his first appearance on those charges. He told Magistrate Betrice Scott he will hire his own attorney. He has a bond on the shooting charges, but is being held without bond in the home invasion.