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Hearing for third kidnapping suspect delayed again
Duwayne Fleeting

CONYERS – The preliminary hearing for one of the suspects involved in the security guard kidnapping case was postponed for the second consecutive week.

Duwayne Fleeting is one of three teenagers that were arrested on July 22 following the kidnapping and sexual assault of a female working a security job for a filming company on July 20.

The other two suspects, Justin Kohn, 17, Jarius Shorter, 15, appeared in Rockdale County Magistrate Court for their preliminary hearing Aug. 19. Fleeting was supposed to have a first appearance the same day, but the private attorney his family hired wasn’t present, so magistrate court Judge Phinia Aten delayed Fleeting’s appearance one week.

This week, Fleeting’s appearance was postponed again because his private attorney, Judy Kim, wants additional time to examine the evidence of the case.

Kim, who was present at court Wednesday afternoon, mentioned Fleeting’s age while in court but wasn’t clear on the reason she brought it up. Kim declined to comment after she left the courtroom with Fleeting’s family members.  

According to police testimony, Fleeting, along with Shorter, initially kidnapped the security guard forcing her into the trunk of her own vehicle. The two juveniles then made plans to pick up Kohn. However, Fleeting told Shorter, who was driving, to take him home after he nearly shot himself in the leg accidently.

"The point when he almost shot himself, he became scared and didn't want to participate anymore," said Vaughn.

Fleeting, who's scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Wednesday, Sept. 2, is facing armed robbery, kidnapping and highjacking a motor vehicle charges.

Shorter is facing charges that include kidnapping, aggravated sexual battery, armed robbery, aggravated assault, financial card theft and high jacking a motor vehicle. Kohn's charges are armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated sexual battery.