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Authorities: Teens charged under gang statute in July 1 death investigation
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Three more teenagers were charged after further investigation into the July 1 shooting death in White County, according to authorities.

Christopher T. Courville, 17, of Cleveland, was charged July 1 with murder following the death of 21-year-old Savon Williams, of Cleveland.

White County Sheriff’s Office authorities found Williams dead around 2 p.m. July 1, and he had been shot in the basement of an Eagle Ridge Trail home.

Chief Deputy Bob Ingram said Wednesday that Courville had been charged additionally with theft by receiving, providing false statements and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

Chase Wilson, 19, of Cleveland, Conner Daniel, 18, of Alto, and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with entering an automobile and violation of the gang statute, Ingram said.

The men charged allegedly belong to a gang called BTA, Bout That Action. Ingram said BTA is a “relatively new group of people.”

“This group of gang members, BTA, they broke into a vehicle and stole this weapon,” Ingram said. “This turns out to be the weapon that was used to shoot and kill Savon Williams.”

The gun was stolen roughly two to three days before the shooting, Ingram said.

Daniel was additionally charged with concealing a death, tampering with evidence and providing a false statement. Ingram said Daniel called 911 and reported the incident as a suicide.

Ingram did not disclose the motive behind the shooting. The White County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on this case.

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