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Travoraus Thompson

Travoraus Thompson, one of two men charged in the slaying of Orlandas Gay earlier this year, won't be leaving the Hamilton County Jail just yet.

Judge Barry Steelman denied Thompson's request to lower his $1.2 million bond Monday in Hamilton County Criminal Court, saying the amount was "not unreasonable" given the criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and firearm possession charges that he faces.

Steelman also noted Thompson did not have counsel in court, making the judge wary of tampering with a case that hadn't left the grand jury yet.

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Records show Thompson, 24, appeared in General Sessions Court in June, when a judge said there was enough evidence to send his charges to a grand jury. So far, the grand jury has not made a decision about whether to indict Thompson or his brother, who is being held on "no bond" at the Silverdale correctional facility, officials said. If they are indicted, they'll head to Criminal Court. In the meantime, they can file motions before a Criminal Court judge.

On May 10, Chattanooga police were called to 4912 Jeffrey Lane, where they found Orlandas Gay, 26, dying from multiple gunshot wounds. A witness told police Thompson shot Gay once during a fight with his brother. Sometime during the ensuing fistfight, Gay was shot twice, records show.

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Chattanooga police question a couple about a shooting behind the 4912 Jeffery Lane address in Emma Wheeler Homes late Tuesday.

At some point, a witness told police, Thompson then walked over to Gay as he tried to crawl away, said "B*****, you deserved this" and, allegedly, shot Gay in the neck.

Police watched Chattanooga Housing Authority security footage that confirmed the witnesses' story, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors later played the video in court, said attorney Dan Ripper, who represented Thompson during his preliminary hearing.

In Criminal Court, Thompson denied the charges, saying, "In the video, that was not me who pulled the trigger."

Steelman asked prosecutors a few questions about Thompson — whether his bond remained the same, if his counsel was appointed or hired — and ultimately denied the bond reduction request.

"Although you're entitled to a bond," Steelman said, "you're not entitled to a bond you can make. You can talk to your lawyer about whether you'll have a full hearing."

Contact staff writer Zack Peterson at 423-757-6347 or zpeterson@times freepress.com. Follow @zackpeterson918.

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