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Trial begins in fatal April 2017 shooting in Gainesville
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Marquis Studivant

The jury will hear opening statements Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the April 2017 fatal shooting of Dennis Gayton, 47.

Marquis Lejon Studivant was charged with felony murder and conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance, a synthetic cannabinoid, in the April 4 shooting on Carlton Street in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police said Gayton was with his son when two male suspects attempted to rob Gayton.

“The shooter fired into the vehicle during the incident, killing Gayton, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree,” police said in a previous press release.

Studivant’s co-defendant in the indictment, Tadrick Terrian Osborne, 38, pleaded guilty in May to an amended charge of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to sell a Schedule I substance.

Osborne received a 30-year sentence with the first 20 years to be served in confinement, according to court documents. The rest of his sentence may be served on probation.

Osborne will receive credit for time served since June 2017.

In separate charges, Studivant was accused of attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and first-degree child cruelty.

On July 23, Studivant and his counsel, Lee Parks, filed a notice of alibi, claiming Studivant was at home taking care of his child at the time of the incident.

Jury selection lasted most of Monday, Aug. 13, and the jurors will return Tuesday to start the case in Hall County Superior Court Andrew Fuller’s courtroom.


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