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Teen indicted in deadly shooting
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Christopher D. Slaughter
Two children are among the 30 potential witnesses listed in an indictment of a Gainesville teen charged in an Oct. 5 fatal shooting.

A Hall County grand jury returned the indictment against Christopher D. Slaughter this week. Slaughter, 18, faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Gainesville police investigators believe Slaughter shot 19-year-old Aikeem Hall to death with a .32 caliber pistol during an early evening confrontation near a parking lot at Atlanta Street apartments, a public housing complex. A 7-year-old boy told police he witnessed the shooting, according to court testimony during a preliminary hearing held last week in Hall County Magistrate Court.

Residents said Slaughter and Hall were once friends. Slaughter lived at the apartments with his girlfriend, while Hall was visiting his mother there.

Aside from the 15 police officers listed as potential witnesses, there are a dozen civilians who police have spoken with about the shooting, according to court documents. The 7-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy, and at least two teenagers are among them.

An investigator testified last week that Slaughter confessed to the shooting. Slaughter told a detective he shot Hall because he suspected him of stealing from him and making threats on him behind his back, police said in court.

Hall was shot in the right leg and chest and died in less than an hour. Police recovered a gun they believed was used in the shooting in a nearby garbage bin.

Slaughter was arrested at his father’s home in Franklin County a day after the shooting. Franklin County Sheriff’s officials say he was found hiding under a bed.
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