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Cops: DeKalb teen murder suspect gets bond, drives 100 mph on I-285

A DeKalb County teen who was out on bond in a murder case was arrested last week after driving more than 100 mph on I-285 in a stolen car with the back glass busted out, according to police.

Antonio Wilson, 18, of Decatur is one of three defendants charged with murder in the November shooting death of Tre Griffin outside Stone Mountain. He was arrested from Towers High, where he was a senior, in January and released in May on $90,000, court records show.

Then last Thursday around 10 p.m., Doraville police allege, he was spotted driving recklessly, weaving in between other cars, on I-285 near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, where the speed limit is 65 mph. He was behind the wheel of a silver 2010 Dodge Caliber, which had been reported stolen in DeKalb in late June, according to warrants.

Police didn’t immediately respond to a question for more information about why the back glass was broken out of the car or why Wilson would be driving so fast. 

Court records show Judge Gregory A. Adams granted Wilson $90,000 bond in May, with the conditions that he have no contact with witnesses or the victim’s family, and stay clear of the crime scene.

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In the motion for bond, defense attorney James W. Howard argued that the evidence against his client in the homicide was “very weak.” Howard said Griffin is believed to have died while selling marijuana to one of the other defendants, and the attorney suggests Wilson was set up by that defendant.

“There is no other known evidence that Wilson was participating in the drug deal or present during the shooting,” Howard wrote, adding that the victim’s mother was on the scene moments after the shooting and saw only two people in the suspects’ car, not three. 

Howard couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the latest arrest Wednesday.

Wilson remains jailed, now without bond, jail records show.


In other news:

Police say the teen shot and killed the 34-year-old when he was waiting on an Uber after he left a Brookhaven wedding reception.

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