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Juvenile, adult indicted for Athens teen's murder

Quatravis Hull
David Devon Richard

By Joe Johnson

A Clarke County grand jury has indicted a minor and an adult for murder in the shooting death of a teen three months ago at an Athens apartment complex.

Athens residents Quatravis Hull, 15, and David Devon Richard, 21, were each charged with malice and felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the indictment filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the alleged murder of 19-year-old Ketorian Cooper occurred the afternoon of Sept. 23 in the breezeway of the 110 building at Bethel Midtown Village. Cooper later died at the hospital and police subsequently arrested on murder charges the two defendants, with Hull being charged as an adult.

Murder victim Ketorian Cooper

Investigators determined that bad blood that existed between Cooper and Richard provided the motivation for Cooper’s slaying.

“It is believed that the victim and David Richard had ongoing issues with each other, the root of which has not been determined,” said Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD’s public information officer.

“It is believed that Cooper and Richard had been involved in a physical altercation a couple of months prior to this incident,” Barnett said. “The altercation and on-going issues are believed to be motivation behind this shooting.”

According to Barnett, investigators believe that both Richard and Hull possessed firearms during, but it had yet to be confirmed which defendant shot Cooper.

Richard and Hull are scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 25.

Richard is being detained at the county jail, while Hull remains in custody at a Department of Juvenile Justice regional youth detention center.

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What needs to happen is the public works department needs to build a 15 foot cinderblock wall all the way around Bethel Midtown Village (as well as Rolling Ridge) and seal up both of those places so, like the Thunderdome, the people there can just bump each other off and not export their crime outside their boundaries of those apartment blocks.

As for what will ultimately happen with the 15-year-old? That’s easy to predict. Our entertainment lawyer district attorney will reduce the charges to trespassing, blame Covid, blame the police for simply existing and blame society for not fundy enough youth recreation centers where this kid could have been playing ping-pong instead of pursuing a life of violent gang banger…

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They are busy building the ACC sanctioned tent village, then they have to run water to the public Portland Toilet System!


So the DA, Deborah Gonzalez, says she wants to end the pipeline of juveniles to jail and NOT try juveniles as an adult.


This is her chances to show us how wonderful an idea that is.

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Of course she’s going to live up to her manifesto and not bring charges against him, probably just send him to counseling. Never mind the fact that adult gang members know that these “innocent children” under 18 years old won’t be tried as adults and therefore are recruited to be the triggerman. And these “kids” are only too willing to pull the trigger and get that street cred

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