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UPDATE: Grand jury indicts man for second degree murder

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UPDATE: A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted the man police say killed an 18 year-old in April.

Julian Pasley, 19, was indicted Wednesday for second degree murder.

Pasley is accused of killing Malik Blackstock on April 7, 2015.

Pasley is schedule to be arraigned in Hamilton County Criminal Court on August 21.


 PREVIOUS STORY: A murder we've been following is headed through the courts.

19-year-old Julian Pasley is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 18-year-old Malik Blackstock.

On Thursday, the case was bound over to the grand jury.  The shooting happened earlier this month on Windsor Street.

Pasley told police it was an accident. Last week the victim's family was in court along with several key members from the Violence Reduction Initiative.  

Blackstock's grandfather told us the teen was trying to turn his life around. He has no criminal record, but he was shot in December.  

So police knew of him and they also knew of Pasley, who was arrested last year for aggravated robbery.

Pasley's bond was set at $1,000,000.


PREVIOUS STORY: The teen arrested for allegedly killing his friend last week appeared before a judge Tuesday.

Julian Pasley, 19, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Malik Blackstock, 18, on Windsor Street on April 8.

Pasley told witnesses it was an accident, according to the police affidavit. But his preliminary hearing has been pushed back to April 23. The suspected shooter still appeared before Judge Lila Statom Tuesday and passed by the victim's family, including Blackstock's grandfather John Flagg who spoke to Channel 3.

"One young man taking another young man's life and there's no explanation for it," Flagg said. "It's really destroyed the family. We're very hurt."

Blackstock's grandfather said Malik was trying to turn his life around even though he has no criminal record, he was shot in December.

Pasley was also arrested last year for aggravated robbery.

"How could he be out and then get out and commit another horrible crime like this?"

It's worth noting some key members of Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative were in court including Police Chief Fred Fletcher and Public Safety Coordinator Paul Smith. Smith told Channel 3 he was in court to support the victim's family.

"They've been very, very supportive and they was involved before now, before this happened," Flagg said.

Blackstock's family said he was funny and outgoing with a big smile and a big heart. The former Red Bank athlete was just three months away from having a daughter with his long-time girlfriend. His wake is scheduled for Friday.

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