Nearly a week after a 15-year-old was shot and killed at her boyfriend’s home, Atlanta police arrested a man they say is linked to the murder.
Micah Bolton, 17, faces murder charges in the shooting of Nacari Newson, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said. Bolton turned himself in to the Fulton County jail Tuesday and was denied bond. He faces two counts of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.
Newson was found dead from at least one gunshot wound to her chest in the garage of a Greenleaf Circle home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died.
Bolton told police someone inside a gold car fired shots, according to a police report.
But police said his story didn’t match the crime scene.
“No defects were observed where the witness and victim were standing,” Atlanta police Officer Kyle Kleinhenz wrote in his report. “Moreover, defects were located in a tree that indicate gunfire came from where the witnesses and victim were.”
Police searched the home, where they found guns tucked in a laundry basket in an upstairs bedroom.
During the search, police said Bolton admitted to firing his gun at a car that was shooting at him.
The victim’s boyfriend was questioned, but police did not consider him a suspect.
“At this time, investigators believe Bolton is an acquaintance of Newson and preliminary indications are that the shooting appears to be an accident,” Chafee said in a statement.
However, Chafee said Bolton’s actions led to the shooting, resulting in him being charged. Under Georgia law, a person can be charged with murder if they committed a felony that led to another person’s death.
Bolton’s first court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 14.
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