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Manhunt underway for murder suspect who has fled the court in guilty verdict



A melee began Saturday morning for a homicide defendant who fled a verdict in Atlanta on Friday, the authorities declared

Verlaine Laguerre, 26, fled to trial in Fulton County before a jury found him guilty, Matthew Hardeman Fatal in October 2011, officials told Fox 5 Atlanta.

The victim was reported 50 times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Laguerre, who was on bond, left the court during a lunch break, the Fulton County Sheriff's office told the newspaper. Representatives and the US Marshals Service conducted the search, the report said.

The District Attorney of Fulton County said Laguerre's co-defendant, Prentice Baker Jr., 28, remained in court.

According to authorities, Laguerre and Baker got into an argument with Hardeman outside his home in southeastern Atlanta. They walked away, but reported and opened fire on Hardeman, the Journal Constitution reported.

Laguerre and Baker were both found guilty of the crime of murder, grievous bodily harm with a deadly weapon, and other charges, Fox 5. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment plus five years.

Hardeman had attended Cal State Fullerton with a football scholarship, the newspaper said. A knee injury forced him to return to Atlanta, where he studied criminal justice at Georgia State University and agreed to join the school's football team.

Amy Lieu is news editor and reporter for Fox News.


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