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Police: Motive unclear in murders
17-year-old's first hearing Thursday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police won't say what allegedly set Anthony Terrell Jr. off.

The 17-year-old remained Monday at the DeKalb County Jail, charged with shooting his mother and two younger sisters to death Thursday night.

A first glimpse at the youth's mindset may come Thursday at the earliest, when Terrell's first court appearance is scheduled in Gwinnett.

Chief Magistrate judge George Hutchinson said Terrell's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett County Jail.

The date could change if scheduling conflicts arise, Hutchinson said.

Police say Terrell implicated himself in the brutal slayings of his mother, Joy Deleston - a Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputy - and sisters Micaiah, 11, and Jelani, 4, in the family's Lawrenceville home.

Rap star Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, is Jelani's father. Deleston won a paternity suit against the New Orleans-based artist in 2004.

Gwinnett police spokesman Officer David Schiralli could not comment Monday on Terrell's motive or where he may have obtained the gun police say he later dumped.

An acquaintance of Terrell's reportedly picked him up from the crime scene and dropped him off. Schiralli was unsure if that person will also be charged.

Deleston's family held a private memorial service Sunday. The procession started with a motorcade at the Gwinnett County Jail, where Deleston formerly worked in the sex offender unit.

Alexander's Mortuary in Fairburn is handling funeral plans for Deleston and her daughters. The funeral will likely be held in South Carolina.

A mortuary representative said the family was meeting late Monday to finalize the funeral's location and time.