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Suspect wanted for shooting death of 8-year-old Atlanta girl turns self in

2020-07-19

A suspect wanted for fatally shooting an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta over the Fourth of July weekend has turned himself into authorities.

Julian Conley is facing a felony murder charge and another for aggravated assault in connection with the death of Soercia Turner. His attorney, Jackie Patterson, confirmed the 19-year-old suspect turned himself into authorities on Wednesday, one day after warrants were issued for his arrest.

During his first court hearing on Thursday, a judge denied Conley bond. He remains behind bars at the Fulton County Jail, according to jail records.

Soercia was sitting in an SUV with her mother and unidentified male when she was fatally struck by gunfire on July 4, not far from the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed by a police officer last month.

Makeshift barricades were set up in the area in wake of the shooting, and armed guards were turning some drivers away. The SUV Secoriea was in was attempting to make a U-turn at one of the barricades when at least one gunman shot into the vehicle, police said.

Conley has denied he was involved in the violence but admitted to being at the scene when the gunfire erupted.

“He was out there peacefully protesting,” Patterson told CNN. “He doesn’t know the people who did the shooting. He just witnessed it.”

According to his attorney, Conley spotted “between three and four people” who fired on the car. Police have said the shooters were two men.

With News Wire Services