Man accused of killing businessman faces more charges after scuffles with jailers

DeMarvin Ladele Bennett
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DeMarvin Ladele Bennett

A man accused of killing a prominent businessman in a CVS parking lot faces two more charges, including a felony, after two run-ins with jail deputies, according to court records.

DeMarvin Ladele Bennett, 24, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction in early August after allegedly “refusing to follow” a Hall County deputy’s commands to return to his cell before grabbing the deputy’s legs and “refusing to let go,” according to court documents obtained by AJC.com.

In May, the murder suspect was charged in connection with a March incident where he spat at an officer in an attempt to “transmit hepatitis,” according to an indictment. Bennett was charged with felony reckless conduct.

He's been in jail without bond since February, when he was accused of shooting and killing 73-year-old Jack Hough outside of the CVS off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville.

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Jack Hough was a successful businessman and civic leader.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Jack Hough was a successful businessman and civic leader.
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Jack Hough was a successful businessman and civic leader.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Hough was sitting in his parked car while his wife went into the CVS. That's when Bennett allegedly tried to rob him about 7:45 p.m. Feb. 7, causing a struggle that ended with Hough being shot in the chest.

Bennett had been released from prison four months before the deadly shooting and was on probation at the time. When he was 16, he was convicted of robbing another teenager at gunpoint in Forest Park, netting him seven years behind bars, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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According to court documents, Bennett is a known gang member and “hangs out with members of the Conley Road Crew Gang.” However, Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson previously told Channel 2 that Bennett was not prosecuted under Georgia’s Street Gang Act because there has to be proof that the crime was tied to a gang.

Investigators found forensic evidence outside the CVS that led them to Bennett days after Hough’s death.

He remains in the Hall County jail on malice murder and other charges. When he made his first court appearance, he asked a judge “What is malice murder? I have no clue of what that is.”

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Police say DeMarvin Bennett, 24 of East Point, shot 73-year-old Jack Hough during an attempted robbery while Hough waited for his wife in their car.

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