MARIETTA, Ga. -- The four teens accused in the death of 36-year-old Joshua Chellew of Smyrna appeared in a Cobb County courtroom Tuesday morning.
The four - Antonio Pass, Johnathan Anthony and Kemonta Bonds, all 18, along with Jekari Strozier, 19 - are charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and violations of the Georgia Street Gang Act in connection with the death of Chellew. Police said the four beat Chellew and chased him into traffic near a Chevron station on Mableton Parkway in south Cobb County during the early morning hours of June 30, where Chellew was struck by a car and killed.
Pass' attorney, Nathaniel Dobson says though he had hoped for a dismissal of the charges, the judge in the case found probable cause to pass it along to the Cobb County District Attorney's office for a formal investigation and likely indictment.
While police said the four are associated the Re-Up gang, Dobson said he is not sure if it's a "gang" or "group." He said they have a lot of stuff on YouTube and says the "group" is not about violence but is supposed to be about music.
Dobson says that despite media attention to the race of the victim versus that of the four teens, that it was a stretch to compare this to the Trayvon Martin case, and that it is "too early to speculate about race." Chellew was white, while the four teens are black.
Dobson said Pass was known for being a good kid and is a football star entering his senior year of high school.
The four are being held over at the Cobb Adult Detention Center, and no date has been set for a bond hearing.