17-Year-Old Accused Cop Killer Begins Trial

| August 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Jonathan Bun in the courtroom

A 17-year-old accused of killing a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy last month appeared in court yesterday morning. Jonathan Bun sat quietly during his 90 minute hearing; he is facing charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm.

GBI specialist Jonathan Spurlock testified that Bun had admitted to shooting deputy Richard Daly. Bun reportedly had a cell phone at the time of the arrest which he used to call his mother and tell her he was scared because he “had just shot a cop.” Bun also told Spurlock that he had stolen the .40-caliber Glock handgun used to shoot Daly.

Magistrate Judge Daphne M. Walker said the evidence that Bun killed Daly is “clear and uncontradictory.” The Clayton County Fugitive Squad had been looking for Bun in connection with a January armed robbery and assault. Deputies with a warrant for Bun pulled over the car he was in, and Bun shot Daly as he approached the vehicle.

Bun then allegedly fled into a wooded area, prompting a five hour manhunt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained records from the Clayton County Juvenile court system. The records showed Bun had half a dozen criminal infractions including drug possession, burglary, and carrying a knife to an elementary school.

Bun’s father Hing Bun also has a recent criminal record; he allegedly bribed an employee of the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to remove him from the list of people needing to check in regularly with immigration authorities last fall. He is also facing deportation to Cambodia after he was charged with domestic battery.

It looks as if violence runs in the family. Bun is currently being held without bond at an undisclosed location.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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