Suspects in murder of Jefferson HS football star appear before judge

New mug shots released
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 10:19 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 at 12:53 PM EDT
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The two teenagers who are suspected of killing Jefferson High School football star Elijah DeWitt are back in Georgia.

The Gwinnett County Police Department released new mug shots for 19-year-old Chandler Richardson and 18-year-old Kemare Bryan on Tuesday afternoon.


The suspects made their first court appearance Monday morning and were denied bond.



The Gwinnett Police Department says two teenagers have been arrested in connection to the Jefferson High School football player’s shooting death at Sugarloaf Mills.

They have been identified as 19-year-old Chandler Richardson and 18-year-old Kemare Bryan. They were both arrested in South Carolina. They are facing the following charges: Felony Murder, Malice Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of Certain Felonies.

They are currently in the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in Anderson, South Carolina. At this time, the plan is to extradite them to Gwinnett County on Oct. 10.

Detectives are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. It appears the victim and suspects knew each other and were fighting before the shooting.

Chandler Richardson and Kemare Bryan
Chandler Richardson and Kemare Bryan(Atlanta News First)

Police also released the 9-1-1 calls that reveal the frantic moments after the shooting happened. One caller described seeing the suspected shooter. Another caller attempted to help the football player as he lay on the pavement.


New information has been released in connection to the shooting of a high school football star in the parking lot of Sugarloaf Mills.

According to Gwinnett Police Department, this was not a random shooting. All parties involved were acquainted with one another. Police say the shooting was the result of a dispute that escalated.

It’s unknown if the other person or persons who were involved were also students.


Police are investigating after a teenager was found dead Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Sugarloaf Mills mall in Gwinnett County.

Just after 8 p.m., Gwinnett police responded to a “person shot call” in the parking lot near Dave and Buster’s at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway and located a young male dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police officials have identified the victim as 17-year-old Elijah DeWitt of Jefferson in Jackson County.

This is an active investigation, and detectives are exploring all motives. If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.