Grand jury to hear case of man accused of murdering UTC student
A judge has placed a $750,000 bond on D’Marcus White, who has confessed to detectives that he killed Mohammad Sharifi back in February.
White told detectives after being arrested that he did not plan to kill Mohammad Sharifi, but only rob him of the Xbox he was selling.
Sharifi planned to marry his fiancée last weekend.
"Really, it’s just hard for the family. From their religious beliefs and it's hard for them right now,”
Mohammad Sharifi's family, fiancée, and friends clung to each other as a judge heard testimony from the man accused of killing Sharifi.
Alex Tyler, who lived with Sharifi at UTC, says he was supposed to be married this past Saturday, which makes this even tougher to process.
"They fell in love and they were soul mates and it's something I couldn't have pictured myself in a better situation,” Tyler said.
D'Marcus White, 20, stood before a judge Tuesday, charged with homicide and robbery.
Judge Clarence Shattuck increased his bond to $750,000 after watching video of detectives interviewing White.
White admitted to shooting and killing Sharifi in what he described as a robbery gone wrong.
The two met on Facebook, where Sharifi was selling the Xbox.
White told detectives he did not plan to kill Sharifi and that he acted in the moment.
Tyler says that's no excuse.
"To my mind this is senseless," Tyler said. "I can't even think about it."
Tyler says he and Sharifi were supposed to graduate together in May.
He now plans to follow White's case through court, and take every opportunity to tell people about his friend taken too soon.
"I love you. You're in a better place than I am, and I'll see you very soon,” Tyler said.
The judge sent the case to a grand jury.
It's not clear when the Grand Jury will hear the case.
For now, White remains in the Hamilton County Jail.
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