Hali Karlan, of Roswell, was released from a Fulton County jail after posting a $55,000 bond following a July 5 hearing.
Karlan, 20, is facing six felony charges, including murder, and a misdemeanor after the body of 16-year-old Elijah Smith was found in the woods in Jeffersonville. Police believe Karlan and Derian Ventura-Flores killed Smith on June 13 after an argument when they left the Extended Stay hotel in Alpharetta to go buy cigarettes.
Ventura-Flores, of Lawrenceville, is also facing several charges in Fulton County for Smith’s death, but has been held in a Polk County jail since June 16 for an unrelated incident. As of July 13, he had spent 28 days in jail and no bond has been set. In Polk, Ventura-Flores, 19, is being charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a felony, records show.
Court records show that Karlan is due in court next on July 28.