Man accused of shooting UGA lacrosse player seeks $5K bond

The man accused of robbing and shooting a University of Georgia student multiple times is asking for a judge to grant him a $5,000 bond, court records show.

Zarren Garner, 20, was arrested April 23, the day after allegedly shooting Tate Prezzano, a 22-year-old club lacrosse player. On April 22, as the junior communications major was waiting at an Athens bus stop, a man approached him, robbed him and shot him multiple times in the upper part of his body, according to police.

Garner has remained in the Clarke County jail without bond since his arrest. He was indicted in July on nine felony charges, including aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit murder, court records show.

In a motion filed last month, Garner is seeking bond so he can help his attorney prepare to defend him. A hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

“Defendant’s release on bond would not endanger the welfare of any individual or the community,” the motion for bond states. “Likewise, defendant poses no risk of committing a felony pending trial or of intimidating witnesses or otherwise obstructing justice in this matter.”

Prezzano was seriously injured, but was released from the hospital about a week later. His family said he was “blessed and lucky” to survive the shooting.

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“Our gratitude for the prayers and support from family, friends, medical teams, law enforcement, and so many we don't even know is indescribable,” Dobbin Prezzano, Tate’s father, said.

Tate Prezzano attended Cambridge High School in Milton, where he played lacrosse and football.

After the shooting, a massive manhunt was launched and police released a sketch of the suspect, also accused of robbing a second student. Tips from the public helped investigators nab Garner in Gwinnett County.