Dillard had allowed four of her children and their aunt to go to the pool on a steamy summer afternoon. Later on, she got a phone call that sent her racing to the pool. Jakari had been shot, she learned.
An older brother, Jamarcus Dillard, 19, said an argument over a pool game led to the shooting. Jakari hadn’t been involved in the argument, but was still shot, his brother said. Jakari died from his injuries.
The deadly shooting prompted city officials to temporarily close the public pools during the investigation.
Felton’s criminal history includes two open cases in Fulton County, court and jail records show. He was charged in 2020 with marijuana possession, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a pistol or revolver by a person under 18, and not wearing a motorcycle helmet, according to court records.