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July 1, 2014

Murder suspect denied bond

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied bond to one of the three men charged with murder in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Dalton man on June 18 following what police say was a drug deal gone bad.

Tywon Jay Henderson, 17, of 1300 Autumn Court, was denied bond by Judge Jack Partain.

Marquis Dequan Tanner, 20, of 110 Mallory Drive, and Endy Becerra, 16, of 622 Cockburn St., have also been charged with murder in the killing of Abel Carmona.

Partain agreed to continue Tanner’s bond hearing until Aug. 5. Tanner said he has hired an attorney from Atlanta. No one was in the courtroom Tuesday to represent Tanner, and District Attorney Bert Poston said he has not heard from anyone on Tanner’s behalf.

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

Last week, Morris was the designated criminal non-jury judge for the week. That designation rotates weekly among the Superior Court judges, and this week is Partain’s week. However, Poston said that once indicted, the case will also be assigned to Partain based on the Superior Court’s case assignment system and all future hearings should be before Partain.

Investigators say 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 Dalton Police Department stated.

Investigators have not publicly identified the person who shot Carmona.

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.

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