Juvenile Dealing With Aftermath of Daughter's Death
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 09:48:00
The body of Juvenile's 4-year-old daughter Jelani was found dead in her Lawrenceville, GA, home last Thursday night along with her 39-year-old mother, Joy Deleston, and Deleston's own 11-year-old daughter, Micaiah. Police have already arrested and charged Deleston's 17-year-old son, Anthony Tyrone Terrell, with three counts of murder and aggravated assault. They have not revealed a clear motive in the case yet, though.
"It really shocked him and devastated him to the point where I've never seen him before," Juvenile's manager, Aubrey Francis, told The Associated Press. "Right now he is relaxing and trying to grasp what has happened."
Aside from being a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Deleston also appeared in many locally produced films. Robert Singleton worked with her on several shoots and told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "[Anthony] was a good kid. That's the reason why it's so disturbing, because you just didn't see that coming."
Lewis Colquhoun, a friend of Terrell's from high school, added, "Every time he talks about his mom, it's something good about her. I don't think it's true. I don't believe it t all. He's not the kind of kid to snap."
According to police and the AJC, Terrell turned himself in and even told officials where the murder weapon was after the shooting. Whatever happens in court—a preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning in Gwinnett County—Terrell cannot face the death penalty because of his age.
Juvenile was the focus of a paternity suit in 2004, when Deleston claimed he was Jelani's father. The rapper's attorney in the case, Randy Kessler, told the AP the case was resolved two years later. Juvenile has made regular child support payments ever since.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff