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Athens teen indicted for shooting woman who injured him by shooting back

By Joe Johnson

An Athens teen was recently indicted for shooting a young woman three months ago at a westside apartment complex where they both lived.

According to the indictment filed Sept. 24 in Clarke County Superior Court, 18-year-old Carlos Dominique Cochran of Weir Court was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the incident occurred July 19 at the Parkview Homes apartment complex where Cochran shot 19-year-old Alysses Williams multiple times, and he was wounded when Williams returned fire.

The shooting occurred on Weir Circle within the apartment complex that is located between West Broad and Baxter Streets.

After Williams was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, police said that Cochran showed up there with a gunshot wound that was determined to have been caused when Williams shot him in self-defense.

The specific reason for the shooting was unknown, but according to Lt. Shaun Barnett, Cochran and Williams had “long-standing friction with each other that culminated in the Parkview incident.”

Barnett, who is ACCPD’s public information officer, said that Cochran and Williams had not been romantically involved.

Cochran remained under police guard at the hospital before he was transported to the jail a little over a week after being shot.

Cochran was denied bond and he is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 18.

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