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Bond set at $1 million for fatal shooting suspect
Cheslen Dequan Bell

A judge set bond at $1 million for a Gainesville man accused in a fatal April shooting.

Cheslen Dequan Bell, 20, is charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Bell, Brandon Scott King, 27, of Gainesville, and Kevin Michael Turner, 28, of Gillsville, were charged April 12 following the death of Jaquerian Harrison, 21, of Gainesville.

Because 90 days have passed since the arrest without an indictment, Bell appeared in Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver’s court with attorney Lee Parks.

The victim’s mother Laquitta Harrison approached the podium for a statement to Oliver.

“I stand before you today with a heavy heart,” she said.

The mother spoke of her toddler grandson who Jaquerian Harrison left behind. A dozen or so family members and supporters sat in the gallery with T-shirts reading “Fly Away Jay.”

“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all,” the writing on the back of the T-shirt reads. “If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”

Parks asked the judge for a $100,000 bond to be set with conditions as his client intends to “clear his name.”

Oliver decided on a $1 million bond with conditions that Bell live with a relative outside of the county. Bell would receive an electronic monitoring device and would not have any contact with Harrison’s family.

King’s attorney Brett Mizerak said his client received a bond set at $2 million. Turner’s attorney Rose Priddy did not return a call for comment.

Laquitta Harrison said she was “very pleased” with the decision made by the judge.

Gainesville Police discovered Jaquerian Harrison shot multiple times around 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Orchard Brook Apartments off of McEver Road. The 21-year-old man was hanging out with friends at the apartment complex common area before the shooting.

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