Bannister’s series of crimes began in January 2019 when he tried to rob two other teens, ages 18 and 19, during a drug deal at a Marietta hotel, Carr said. Bannister was 15 at the time, but he pistol-whipped the 19-year-old and shot the 18-year-old. He was later arrested and both victims made full recoveries. That case was transferred from Juvenile to Superior Court.
While Bannister was being held in jail and his assault case was making its way through the courts, he and two others assaulted another inmate, Carr said. That incident led him to be charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.
Court records show that Bannister was granted bond in February 2021, but about four months later, he met Bailey for a drug deal that went bad and shot the man twice. Marietta police found Bailey injured at an apartment complex on Massachusetts Avenue on June 15, 2021, around 9 p.m. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead once he arrived.
Bannister remained at large for more than a year before he was arrested in August 2022 by the U.S. Marshals Service in East Point, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. He was 18 at the time.
Bannister remains in the Cobb jail, where his incarceration is being administered by the Georgia Department of Corrections. His maximum possible release date is July 17, 2038, prison records show.