Dashonn Hayes, an 18-year-old accused of killing his younger brother with a shotgun blast to the neck, was released from the DeKalb County jail Thursday.
Judge Clarence Seeliger granted the murder suspect $50,000 bond earlier this month after the defense argued 17-year-old Corinthian Hayes’ death was an accident. The suspect was ordered to submit to monitoring by pretrial services and to make sure all guns are removed from his home.
Defense attorney Steve Cowan has said the brothers were both shooting guns before the older one’s went off at a home near I-285 and Avondale Estates on Dec. 20. There were no other adults at the home when the shooting occurred.
“It’s my position, the client’s position and the family’s position that this was a horrible, tragic accident,” Cowan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month. “I don’t think the court would’ve granted a bond if the court thought it was anything more than an accident.”
In Georgia, even accidental shootings can lead to serious charges if the shooter is found to have been acting illegally when the death occurred. But police haven’t said if they’ve determined exactly what happened in this case, though they have suspected there was a disagreement.