- Story Highlights
- The shooting occurred Oct. 14 at a Duluth apartment complex.
- Two teens are charged in the case, but only one faces a murder charge.
Two teenagers are in jail after a Gwinnett County man was shot and killed at an apartment complex during a robbery.
Akeem Turner, 21, was sitting in his car with suspect Alex Powell, 17, outside Plantation Trace on Oct. 14 when the two got into a fight, according to arrest warrants. Police said Powell pulled Turner’s car keys out of the ignition and exited the car.
At the same time, a 16-year-old suspect rushed to the driver’s side, pulled a gun on Turner and tried to rob him of cash and marijuana, according to Channel 2 Action News.
The 16-year-old fatally shot Turner, whose mother said he had only $20 on him at the time, Channel 2 reported.
“It was such a senseless murder,” Toni Turner said, “and if they knew him well enough they would know he didn't have anything.”
The 16-year-old remains in the Gwinnett juvenile detention center on murder and armed robbery charges, according to Channel 2. His name was not released.
Powell, however, faces only assault with intent to commit a crime and armed robbery charges after he entered into a plea deal with the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office, officials confirmed to Channel 2.
But Turner’s mom said he should also be charged with murder.
“I am not happy with these charges,” she told Channel 2. “He confessed, he snitched so he could get a plea deal.”
Powell, a former Duluth High School basketball player, remains in the Gwinnett County jail without bond. School officials told Channel 2 he dropped out last year.
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