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Murder trial starts for teen charged in Thanksgiving shooting
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Re'Devon Hughes, right, listens during first arguments on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 in Forsyth County Superior Court. Hughes has been charged with murder in the 2017 shooting death of another local teen. - photo by Ben Hendren

The trial for a 16-year-old who is charged with murder in the 2017 shooting death of another local teen began on Tuesday in Forsyth County Superior Criminal Court.

On Tuesday, a jury heard the first arguments in the case of State of Georgia v. Re’Deyon Hughes.

Hughes, 16, was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office after 18-year-old DreLandon Brown was shot and killed inside a residence in south Forsyth on Nov. 23, 2017.

At a previous hearing held in January 2018, investigators stated that at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 23, Brown was allegedly shot and killed as a suspect fled 1240 Wondering Way carrying a 2-week-old infant.

“We got a description of the suspect, and our deputies located him within minutes,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said at the time of the shooting. “The strange part about this is when he [the suspect] left, he took a 2-week-old baby … that had us more concerned than anything else, hoping the [baby] was OK." 

Later in the evening, Hughes was taken into custody in the area of the shooting and was allegedly identified as the shooter by the homeowner of the residence. The infant, Hughes’ son, was located and recovered unharmed.

The 16-year-old has been charged by the court as an adult with malice murder, felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Court officials believe that this trial will proceed through the week.

This case will be presided over by Judge David L. Dickinson and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Heather Dunn.

Hughes is represented by attorneys Evan Watson and Jacob Stidham.