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Two indicted for murder in Athens teen's shooting death


Murder victim Ketorian Cooper

By Joe Johnson

An Athens Clarke County grand jury has indicted two defendants for the alleged murder of an Athens teen a year and a half ago.

Quatravis Hull, 16, and David Devon Richard, 23, 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 Feb. 28n in Superior Court.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the alleged murder of 19-year-old Ketorian Cooper occurred the afternoon of Sept. 23, 2021, in the breezeway of the 110 building at Bethel Midtown Village. Cooper was shot and later died at the hospital, and police subsequently arrested the defendants on murder charges.


David Devon Richard
Quatravis Hull

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

“It is believed that the victim and David Richard had ongoing issues with each other," 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. 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 the incident, but it had not been confirmed which defendant shot Cooper.

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Arthur Crumpton
Arthur Crumpton
Mar 06, 2023

I’m sure there’s a level responsibility of everybody involved in this. Everybody wants to be a tough guy and gangster with a gun. I’m not shedding any tears about this incident. This is the way some people want to live. Nobody forces anybody to do anything in life. In life, certain doors are opened and it comes down to if the individual makes the free choice to walk through it and any consequences are solely on THEM!

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