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2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting
Hearing for 1st man accused of June 5 slaying held in Superior Court
Rodnie Maurice Stokes

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

Leshan Tremiele Tanner, 42, of Gainesville, who was arrested June 22 on a felony murder charge, had his case forwarded Thursday into Superior Court.

Cedric Antonio Huff, 41, of Gainesville was shot in the abdomen at a residence in the 300 block of West Avenue. He underwent surgery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center but died a few weeks later.

Rodnie Maurice Stokes, 27, was arrested Wednesday in Gwinnett County by U.S. marshals, Hendry said. Working with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, multiple agencies executed a search warrant on a Suwanee residence. Stokes is being held without bond at the Hall County Jail.

Huff’s death, according to testimony by Gainesville Police Detective Gordon Hendry, came after attempts by Tanner and Stokes to purchase marijuana from Huff.

“Mr. Tanner went into the apartment, and Mr. Stokes stayed in the vehicle,” Hendry said as a result of his interview with Tanner. Stokes later entered the home, Hendry said, where a fight broke out.

When searching Huff’s residence, 3.5 pounds of marijuana, along with scales and bags, were found by Gainesville police.
A shell casing from a 9 mm handgun was found on the couch, and the round was found in the ceiling, Hendry said.

The gun has not been located.

Witnesses told Hendry a loud bang was heard, followed by one black man driving away in a white truck. Afterward, a second black man left on foot with a backpack.

The investigation is ongoing.

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