WARNER ROBINS — A teenager has been charged with attempted murder in the Jan. 24 shooting of another teenager who was sitting in a parked vehicle on Hudson Street in Warner Robins, police said.
John Evans, 16, also was charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm under 21, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm 1,000 feet from a housing authority, authorities said.
Erikka Williams, a Houston County assistant district attorney, said state law shields the identity of juveniles charged with crimes except under certain conditions and in certain designated felony groups, such as attempted murder and aggravated assault.
In this case, the 16-year-old’s name is no longer shielded, she said.
Williams, head of the Juvenile Division for the district attorney’s office, said she filed a motion Friday morning to try Evans as an adult in Houston County Superior Court because he is charged with a “serious violent felony.”
Should he be tried as an adult, Evans could face up to 30 years in prison alone on the attempted murder charge, Williams said. If he is tried in Houston County Juvenile Court, he would face serving time in a juvenile facility until age 21, she said.
The teenager was being held at a regional youth detention facility, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.
Williams said she is seeking that Evans not be released pending resolution of the charges against him.
The teenager already was being held for an unrelated assault when Warner Robins police brought charges against him Thursday in connection with the shooting of 17-year-old Dajohn Milton of Warner Robins, Pugh said. Milton was shot while he was sitting in a vehicle parked at the 100 block of Hudson Street.
Evans walked up to the vehicle, the two teenagers argued, Evans pulled out a handgun, allegedly shot Milton and then fled, authorities said.
Police were dispatched to the Houston County Medical Center about 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in reference to a shooting victim.
It was not known what the teenagers argued about, Pugh said. Warner Robins police found no indication during its investigation that the shooting was gang related, Pugh said.
The case has been turned over to juvenile authorities, she said.
Evans already was being held in the Macon Youth Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, battery, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, fighting in a public place and violation of probation, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jerry Stewart, head of the Juvenile Division for the sheriff’s office.
The teenager has been in and out of Juvenile Court, Stewart said.
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