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Judge grants bail to man accused of shooting two people in downtown Athens


Corey Treyvon Austin

By Joe Johnson

A man who is accused of shooting two people in downtown Athens has been released after having spent the last six months in jail.

Corey Treyvon Austin, 24, of Lawrenceville is facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly shooting the victims, one of whom is a University of Georgia student, on the night of Oct. 8.

He had been detained since being arrested at the scene of the incident, and at an April 20 hearing Western Judicial Circuit Judge Lawton Stephens granted Austin $25,000 bail with conditions.

The judge previously denied Austin bail on Nov. 18 and Jan. 24.

On the day of the shooting, police said, officers were dispatched at 12:12 a.m. to investigate a reported fight outside of Tropical Bar on West Clayton Street.

While the officers were responding, they were approached by someone who alerted them to a shooting in the same area.

The officers reportedly located two victims, Benjamin Bernal Rossel, who had been shot in the face, and UGA student Angelina Norton, who had a gunshot wound to the hand, police said; Witnesses identified Austin as the alleged shooter.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. A grand jury subsequently indicted Austin on those charges, to which he pleaded not guilty.

In granting Austin bail, the judge barred him from the judicial circuit that is comprised of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, forbade him from possessing weapons, from consuming alcohol and drugs, from visiting establishments that primarily serve alcohol, and ordered him to not have any contact with the victims.

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Damn Bro.. that sounds awful... almost like prison!

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I would rejoice in his bond issue if I were the victim.

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Apr 24, 2023

I seem to have woken up in an alternate reality at some point around 3 years ago...

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Forbade him. I'm sure he'll adhere to that. (Rolling my eyeballs.)

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Praying Rossel has been practicing and reads this article.

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