At age 15, Chaz Stringer walked into a tiny take-out restaurant on Athens Street armed with a small handgun, demanded money and shot wildly at a worker, killing him, a Hall County jury decided Saturday.
Authorities have arrested two teenagers on arson charges after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the home of a former Hall County sheriff's deputy.
Nathanial J. Thomas, 17, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with first-degree arson late Wednesday, Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent said Thursday. The juvenile's name is not being released because of his age.
Hall County jurors on Wednesday heard a recording of Gainesville teenager Chaz Stringer admit to a fatal shooting. Today, they're likely to hear from him in person.
Stringer's attorney, Brian Steel, indicated he would call his client to the witness stand before resting the defense case today. Stringer is expected to explain why he told a detective, "I did it" when questioned about the murder of 29-year-old restaurant worker Victor "Charlie" De La Rosa in a June 8, 2006, attempted armed robbery.
Just before he fired his gun, Charlie De La Rosa's killer smiled, a witness to the murder said Tuesday.
Israel Garcia, 23, dredged up the terrible memory of his co-worker, roommate and friend being gunned down in an attempted armed robbery as he testified Tuesday in the trial of a Gainesville teenager charged with the murder.