Second suspect charged in murder at house party

Moses Bolar

A teenager charged with one count of murder made his initial court appearance in front of Chief Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson on Wednesday afternoon.

Moses Bolar, 19, is accused of killing Mashato Garrett on Dec. 23, 2017, around 7 p.m. The fatal shooting occurred at a house party, according to Bolar's defense attorney, Miya Griggs.

"My client is maintaining his innocence," Griggs said after the appearance. "We believe that once the information comes out, he will be exonerated for it, but at this point, we just have to follow the process and wait for the state to give us the information."

Law enforcement officials were looking for Bolar after he fled the scene, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office previously said.

On Jan. 4, the U.S. Marshals Service assured Bolar's parents that the teen would not be harmed if he turned himself in, Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Leonard said.

Although Bolar resided with his parents, he was not hiding at his parents' house during the search. Bolar and his family moved to Georgia from Chicago six years ago. The District's Attorney Office believes he was perhaps hiding in Chicago.

The co-defendant in the case, 20-year-old Roger Mills, was arrested and charged with murder on Dec. 24, 2017.

Jail records show that Bolar was also arrested in October and was charged with license required, misdemeanor obstruction of officers, duty upon striking an unattended vehicle, theft by taking and violating his probation.

Emerson denied Bolar's bail on Wednesday.

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