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4 indicted for January shooting in north Forsyth
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NORTH FORSYTH — Four acquaintances in their 20s, two of whom later found additional legal trouble, have been indicted on several charges related to a January shooting in northeast Forsyth.

According to a Sept. 14 Forsyth County Grand Jury report, each suspect faces a count of aggravated assault for attacking a 24-year-old man with a firearm and two counts of aggravated battery for maliciously causing bodily harm to him by rendering both of his legs useless, according to the indictment report.

They also were each indicted on one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Brandon Joseph Huff, 22 of the city of Alpharetta, was thought to be the alleged gunman at the time of the Jan. 4 incident and original arrest, though the indictment report does not specify roles.

Lauren Nicole Rutledge, 22, and Theodore Michael Hadzmihilas, 21, live in the Fowler Road area of south Forsyth, while Ryan Michael Waite, 22, has a Cumming address.

All ages were updated as of their most recent arrest report.

The group apparently went to a home on Settingdown Road about 2 a.m. that Sunday in January to settle a dispute over money.

The man who was shot in the leg and hip, however, was not the person with whom they were angry. He just happened to answer the door, authorities have said.

The man, whose injuries reportedly weren’t life threatening, gave deputies information on the suspects that led them to a house on nearby Creek Ridge Drive, where their vehicle was located.

Huff’s original bond was set at $60,830.

On Aug. 2, a traffic stop led to a second arrest for driving on a suspended license and concealing/misrepresenting the identity of his vehicle.

Deputies and K-9 units reportedly then discovered evidence of illicit drug sales while searching his vehicle and motel room in Cumming.

Deputies ultimately seized $15,000 in cash, five handguns, suspected cocaine and a variety of other illegal drugs and prescriptions pills. Among the items found were oxycodone, alprazolam, methylone, MDMA and marijuana.

He was subsequently charged with possession of/intent to distribute: cocaine; Schedule I or II substances; and Schedule III, IV or V substances, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; altering the identification of a weapon; possession and use of drug-related objects; and failure to maintain insurance.

Huff’s second arrest resulted in his being held without bond at the Forsyth County Jail.

He was not the only member of the group to become reacquainted with law enforcement since January.

Rutledge was arrested later that month on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

A witness reportedly called 911 after seeing a northbound vehicle on Ga. 400 weaving near McFarland Parkway.

Deputies also found suspected hash in her vehicle, an incident report said.

Rutledge was charged with driving under the influence, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and failure to maintain lane.

Her original bond — along with those of the other two men — was posted at $11,110, while her second was set at $4,510.

Huff and Rutledge have not been indicted on the charges stemming from their second arrests.