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Suspect in Hough slaying faces charge over alleged jail behavior
DeMarvin Bennett

An East Point man already indicted on murder charges is now facing an accusation in Hall County State Court regarding obstruction of a law enforcement officer, according to court documents.

DeMarvin Bennett, 24, was charged in a Feb. 26 indictment of killing James Jackson Hough. The grand jury charged Bennett with one malice murder charge and four felony murder counts in the Feb. 7 fatal shooting.

Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard’s office filed an accusation for misdemeanor obstruction of an officer Aug. 15.

According to the accusation, Bennett allegedly refused “to follow the lawful commands to return to his cell and did grab (the deputy’s legs) and refused to let them go.”

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Jack Hough

Defense attorney Matt Leipold declined to comment on the new case.

In May, a grand jury also returned a one-count indictment of felony reckless conduct, where Bennett allegedly spat on a jail officer March 18.

The charge alleges Bennett committed “an assault with the intent to transmit hepatitis.”

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the officer was checked out and released.

“Mr. Bennett will enter a plea of not guilty on both cases, and he looks forward to his day in court,” Leipold wrote in a statement in May.

At 7:45 p.m. Feb. 7, Hough was approached while he was waiting for his wife at the CVS Pharmacy on Park Hill Drive, Gainesville police said.

Police said Hough was shot twice in the torso, and the suspect ran from the CVS.

Hough was pronounced dead at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville about an hour later.

Police said “forensic evidence developed from the scene identified” Bennett as the suspect.

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