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Teen indicted in triple slaying
17-year-old accused of shooting mom, two sisters

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury indicted triple-murder suspect Anthony Terrell Jr., 17, this week on charges he killed his mother and two sisters in February.

The indictment upholds Terrell's initial charges, three counts of murder and aggravated assault, and adds three additional counts of felony murder. The latter counts allege the teen was committing a felony, aggravated assault, while he killed his family Feb. 28.

The next step will be Terrell's arraignment, where he's expected to enter a plea in the next month.

At the time of his arrest, police said Terrell implicated himself in the shooting deaths of his mother, Joy Deleston - a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy - and sisters Micaiah, 11, and Jelani, 4.

Terrell allegedly shot the victims in the family's Lawrenceville home, where police found their bodies after a neighbor reported gunshots.

Police have not commented on Terrell's motive or where he allegedly got the handgun used to kill his family. The suspect waived his right to a probable cause hearing March 13.

An acquaintance of Terrell's reportedly picked him up from the crime scene before police arrived and returned him later. A Hall County dive team found the weapon a day after the murders in the pond of a Duluth apartment complex, police said at the time.

Deleston, the suspect's mother, worked for the Sheriff's Department for seven years, most recently assigned to the sex offender unit.

Terrell, a sophomore at Central Gwinnett High School, remains without bond in the DeKalb County Jail, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said Thursday. He's been held there since his arrest because of his mother's affiliation with the local jail.