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Alleged murderer of a high school football player enters a not-guilty plea; family sues mall

: Alleged murderer of a high school football player enters a not-guilty plea; family sues mall
Elijah DeWitt's family claims they have filed a lawsuit against the Gwinnett County mall where he was fatally shot. DeWitt played high school football player in Georgia. (Photo by Getty Images)

Gwinnet County, GA. – Alleged murderer of a high school football player enters a not-guilty plea; family sues mall. Elijah DeWitt’s family claims they have filed a lawsuit against the Gwinnett County mall where he was fatally shot. DeWitt played high school football player in Georgia.

 

Who is Elijah DeWitt? 18-year-old football player at Jefferson High School fatally shot in accident

Elijah DeWitt was fatally murdered on October 5 in a terrible incident outside a Dave & Buster’s in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Football player Elijah DeWitt, 18, attended Jefferson High School. Two days later, Kemare Bryan, 18, and Chandler Richardson, 19, both residents of Lawrenceville, were apprehended at a South Carolina gas station. (Photo by https://opoyi.com/)

 

The declaration was made shortly after one of the two youths charged with the fatal shooting entered a not-guilty plea.

The parents of a Georgia high school football player who was fatally shot while out with his longtime girlfriend in a Dave & Buster’s parking lot outside of Atlanta months ago have filed a civil lawsuit regarding the neighborhood’s rampant criminal activity, which comes as the second suspected murderer entered a not guilty plea.

 

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Elijah DeWitt, an 18-year-old Jefferson High School football player who had previously attracted Cam Newton’s attention from the NFL, was shot and killed on October 5, 2022, in the parking lot of a Dave & Buster’s at Sugarloaf Mall in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood about 30 miles outside of Atlanta.

 

Georgia high school football star's alleged killer pleads not guilty as family sues over 'high crime area'

The parents of a Georgia high school football player who was fatally shot while out with his longtime girlfriend in a Dave & Buster’s parking lot outside of Atlanta months ago have filed a civil lawsuit regarding the neighborhood’s rampant criminal activity, which comes as the second suspected murderer entered a not guilty plea. (Photo by https://www.foxnews.com/)

 

Two days later, Lawrenceville residents Kemare Bryan, 18, and Chandler Richardson, 19, were detained at a gas station in South Carolina and brought back to Georgia where they will each be tried on four counts, including felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm while committing certain felonies.

FOX 5 Atlanta reports that Richardson pleaded not guilty to all charges last week. Last month, Bryan had already entered a plea of not guilty.

 

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The surviving parents and co-administrators of their son’s estate, Craig and Dawn DeWitt, have filed a claim for damages against Simon Property Group LP, the company that owns and runs Sugarloaf Mall, on Friday. Further named as defendants in the wrongful death case are Dave & Buster’s Jason Choy, Sugarloaf Mills’ security director, and Universal Protective Service LLC.

 

Georgia high school football star's alleged killer pleads not guilty as family sues over 'high crime area'

Kemare Bryan, 18, and Chandler Richardson, 19, are accused of killing Elijah DeWitt, who is depicted in the middle with his longterm girlfriend. (Gwinnett Police, Bailey Reidling)

 

According to the lawsuit, Elijah’s death was caused by the defendants‘ inadequate and unreasonable security measures, as well as their failure to warn of the crime and dangerous activities they knew about but did not inform visitors about. The action, according to DeWitt’s parents, “will hold the defendants accountable for their share of the culpability for Elijah’s death and prevent another family from suffering through what they have,”

 

Georgia high school football star's alleged killer pleads not guilty as family sues over 'high crime area'

Elijah DeWitt’s murderer, Chandler Richardson, entered a not-guilty plea last week. (Photo by WAGA)

 

“Elijah would not live another day. When he lost his life on October 5, he was just beginning his senior year of high school and prepared to pursue a higher level of football play. This was completely preventable and did not have to take place. “We intend to hold the Defendants accountable for this tragedy and seek justice for Elijah’s family,” Attorney Alex Brown added.

 

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According to the complaint, there had been numerous allegations of criminal and dangerous conduct at the Premises and in the neighborhood before October 5, 2022, including aggravated assaults, robberies, car break-ins, and crimes using firearms. “Among other reasons, it was fairly foreseeable that violent criminal behavior would occur at the Premises.”

 

Georgia high school football star's alleged killer pleads not guilty as family sues over 'high crime area'

In connection with the killing of Elijah DeWitt, Kemare Bryan (left) and Chandler Richardson (right) are both accused with murder as well as other offenses. Photo by the Deputy Sheriff’s Office of Gwinnett County

 

According to the lawsuit, the defendants knew the location “was in a high crime area” and are requesting “punitive damages without limitation or cap” as well as compensatory damages in an amount to be decided by a fair and reasonable jury for damages suffered, including physical, emotional, and financial injuries. “All parts of the whole value of Elijah DeWitt’s life” are defined as mental pain, horror, shock, and terror, funeral and burial costs, future lost pay, and lost earning ability.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Dave & Busters expressed its deepest regrets and condolences to the victim’s loved ones. “We have cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation of this situation,” the statement states. “At this point, we are unable to comment because it is still under litigation.

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