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Officials: Georgia Man Leaves Court Before Murder Verdict

Murder suspect escapes
Posted at 10:22 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 10:22:00-04

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man on trial for murder in metro Atlanta left the courthouse before jurors returned their verdict convicting him in a 2014 slaying.

A spokesman for the DeKalb County district attorney's office, Marcus Garner, says 24-year-old Taiquan Mitchell of Atlanta was gone when the jury convicted him of murder on Monday.

Garner tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/2cOP0zW ) that Mitchell is now a fugitive.

Mitchell has been free on bond while awaiting trial in the slaying of 29-year-old Marcus Beanite Waters in January 2014. A co-defendant didn't make bail and remains in the county jail.

Mitchell and the other man were convicted on charges including murder, assault and weapons counts.

A judge ordered that Mitchell was supposed to wear an ankle monitor. It's unclear whether the device is active.

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