The family of a 17-year-old boy charged with shooting and killing another teen earlier this month has hired an attorney to represent him today.
Lonta Burress Jr. will have a hearing on July 12 in Hamilton County General Sessions Court. Burress has been charged in connection with the death of Darrius Townsend. Burress is being held on a $1 million bond.
Local private criminal defense attorney Kevin Loper will represent Burress in his upcoming preliminary hearing.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...
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