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Officials detain two juveniles in teen’s death

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County Child Death Team Investigator Greg Blackmon confirmed Monday that two juveniles had been detained in connection with the death of an Albany 13-year-old on Saturday.

A hearing was held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in which a judge determined there was probable cause to detain a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old in connection with the case involving the death of Darius Wallace, Blackmon said.

The 11-year-old, thought by authorities to be the shooter, is being charged with felony murder and tampering with evidence. The 15-year-old is being charged with possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence.

The two are being held at a local youth detention center. The investigation into the shooting death of the teen at 938 Crawford Drive is ongoing, and additional charges could be pending, Blackmon added.

“We are still investigating the case to determine the motive,” he said.

According to initial reports, the victim was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after being shot in the lower abdomen with a small-caliber handgun on Saturday.

A news release sent out afterward by the Albany Police Department said the boy had been pronounced dead a few hours later at 10:42 p.m., and that the case had been turned over to the Child Death Team.

The Child Death Team

is a unit of the Dougherty District Attorney’s Office that responds to any report of a juvenile death to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatality.