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June 27, 2014

Bond hearings postponed again for murder suspects

One of the three men charged with murder following what police called a drug deal gone bad was on probation for sale of marijuana and sale of cocaine at the time of the shooting after originally also being charged with armed robbery.

Marquis Dequan Tanner was arrested by the Dalton Police Department in May 2012 on one count each of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of cocaine, and two counts of sale of marijuana. Tanner pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of marijuana and one count of sale of cocaine on Oct. 1, 2012, according to an email from Chief Assistant District Attorney Scott Minter on Friday afternoon.

Superior Court Judge Jack Partain sentenced Tanner to six months in jail followed by five years, six months on probation. The armed robbery and aggravated assault charges were dismissed, according to Minter.

Tanner, 20, is charged with the murder of Abel Carmona, 20. Tywon Jay Henderson, 17, and Endy Becerra, 16, have also been charged with murder in the case.

Tanner and Henderson appeared by video before Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris on Friday for bond hearings. But because Tanner does not yet have an attorney and Henderson’s attorney could not be at the hearing the hearings were continued until Tuesday.

Becerra had a bond hearing before Morris last Tuesday. His attorney, Christopher Taylor of Norcross, asked at that time that the bond hearing be postponed until Aug. 5 so that he could get more information and discuss the case with the District Attorney’s Office, a request Morris granted.

Investigators believe Carmona went to the parking lot of an apartment complex at 214 N. Easterling St. on June 18 to buy marijuana and met with the three men. “Something went wrong during the meeting and Carmona was shot and killed,” a press release from the police department stated. The person who shot Carmona has not been publicly identified by investigators.

The three men are also charged with armed robbery. Police believe they tried to rob Carmona.

Tanner is also charged with felony probation violation and possession of a firearm or knife during commission of a felony. Henderson is also charged with possession of a firearm or knife during commission of a felony.

According to a statement released by the police department at the time of Tanner’s arrest in May 2012, a Dalton man told investigators on April 4, 2012, that he heard a knock at the door and answered it. The man told investigators a man he knew only by the nickname “D” was at the door and pointed a gun at his head and demanded money. The man told investigators he gave “D” $150 in cash and “D” fled. The man told investigators that he knew “D” because he had bought marijuana from “D” in the past.

Investigators determined that “D” was Tanner and arrested him. Tanner was listed with a Gainesville address during that arrest, and it isn’t clear how long he had been living in Dalton.

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