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Details revealed in November shooting
Hughes case headed to Superior Court
Re’Deyon Hughes
Re’Deyon Hughes, left, talks with defense attorney Jacob Stidham during a hearing on Monday. - photo by Jim Dean

A judge ruled Monday there is enough evidence to send a 15 year old who was arrested and charged with murder to a Superior Court trial.

Forsyth County Magistrate Court Judge Walker Bramblett made the ruling at a committal hearing, which holds and binds Re’Deyon Hughes to a Superior Court trial. He is being charged as an adult.

Hughes was arrested in late November for the shooting death of DreLandon Brown, and is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

In the course of Monday’s hearing, many details about the incident were revealed by Michael Christian, lead investigator in the shooting which occurred at 1240 Wondering Way about 8 p.m. Nov. 23.

Upon arrival, law enforcement officials discovered that 18-year-old DreLandon Brown, a resident of the home, had been shot and killed by a suspect who then fled the scene. 

Christian said that, according to interviews, Hughes was identified as the shooter by the homeowner. Christian stated that Hughes had been invited to the house at about 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 by another resident of the home and cousin of DreLandon Brown: Marjorie Brown. 

Christian said that, according to the homeowners, Hughes was not allowed to be in the house, but was discovered in the residence by DreLandon Brown and another male at about 7 p.m.

Witnesses stated that Hughes fled, followed by DreLandon Brown.

“From what we understand, DreLandon was behind him on his heels ... got down to the foyer of the house, Mr. Hughes turned with the gun and fired three shots and hit DreLandon three times,” Christian said.

According to Christian, Hughes was seen on a neighbor’s security camera fleeing the scene carrying a 2-week-old male infant: his son.

Deputies took Hughes into custody on Grey Rock Way after he “complied with officers and placed the child safely on the ground and surrendered without incident.”

Christian said that when Hughes was taken into custody he said, “‘Dude, I never meant for that to happen,’ and ‘oh no, my life is over and I just got out,’” and asked “repeatedly how the other guy was.”

Christian said that the alleged murder weapon, an imported 1911-style pistol was eventually found behind an air conditioner unit on Rockbass Road with five rounds still in the gun. 

Three unspent bullets of the same type the gun contained were found at the house in a bag believed to belong to Hughes.

Christian said that gunshot residue samples have been taken from Hughes, but results are not yet available.

Three K9 units from Forsyth, Habersham and Hall County were used in finding the weapon believed to be the murder weapon.

Hughes is represented by attorneys Daisy Weeks and Jacob Stidham. His case will be presided over by Judge David L. Dickinson and prosecuted by Heather Dunn.