DeKalb 17-year-old accused of killing Gwinnett 17-year-old

Workers from the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office in a file photo.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Workers from the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office in a file photo.

DeKalb County authorities have arrested a suspect in the death of a 17-year-old Gwinnett County resident who was found with gunshot to his face earlier this month.

Jerell Curtis, also 17, faces charges of aggravated assault and murder in the June 9 shooting, police records show.

It was around 3:30 p.m. that day when DeKalb County police found Erasmus Pratt dead shot outside an apartment on Central Drive.

Police learned there’d been some sort of confrontation between Pratt, a Lawrenceville resident, and the gunman, according to warrants released Wednesday. The warrants say Curtis was seen walking with his girlfriend toward the victim at the Stone Mountain-area complex Terra Creek Apartments.

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The girlfriend, who isn’t identified in the documents, is said to have walked away from the young men before she heard gunshots. Curtis told her the victim had tried to rob him and he shot Pratt, the warrants say.

It isn’t clear what police believe happened to lead to the shooting.

The suspect, who lives near Atlanta in DeKalb, fled and was booked in the county jail Tuesday on after deputies picked him up near Lithonia, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said.

He’s held without bond.

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