ATLANTA | A judge on Wednesday denied bond for a 21-year-old man accused of firing a stray bullet that killed a Spelman College student from Kansas City.
Devonni Benton faces multiple charges, including murder, in the death of 19-year-old Jasmine Lynn.
Police say Lynn was struck in the chest by a bullet as she walked on the Clark Atlanta campus with friends and a fight broke out nearby. Police said Lynn, from Kansas City, Mo., was trying to avoid the gunfire.
Benton’s attorney, Jackie Patterson, acknowledges that his client was involved in the Sept. 3 fight but says Benton, who has been held without bond in the Fulton County jail since his Oct. 6 arrest, didn’t have a gun with him. Patterson said he’s turned over the name and address of the person he believes is the shooter to District Attorney Paul Howard.
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Howard maintains that Benton was the one who killed Lynn. Benton was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury Friday.
About 20 family members and friends were in the courtroom Wednesday during the hearing. His aunt, Sheila Kitchens, who was letting Benton live with her, began weeping loudly after the judge said her nephew would not be released.
“He didn’t kill that girl,” Kitchens said outside the courthouse. “We don’t think he should be in there.”