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Court date – Hearing set in bike trail murder

Kirkwood and East Lake

Court date – Hearing set in bike trail murder

Photo from X'avier Arnold's Facebook page.

Photo from X’avier Arnold’s Facebook page.

Two defendants accused of murdering a man on bike trail in Kirkwood will face a judge this June.

Qutravius Palmer and Zion Wainwright are accused of murdering X’avier Arnold during a robbery attempt in December. Wainright hasn’t been named because he was a juvenile at the time of his arrest. The Fulton County District Attorney’s office says it is charging Wainright, who was 14 when he was arrested, as an adult.

Arnold’s two friends told investigators that on Dec. 26 they were walking a bike trail near Pullman Yard when they noticed two suspects following them. When they turned to confront the suspects, one of them pulled out a gun. Arnold, a U.S. Army reservist, fought back.  Witnesses and police allege that Wainright fatally shot Arnold in the back of the head.

Wainright and Palmer will have an arraignment on June 9. Fulton County is handling the case because the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office has a conflict of interest.

Yvette Jones, director of public affairs for the Fulton County DA, said “During this hearing, the judge will likely set a schedule of future court dates. It is anticipated the defendants will enter ‘not guilty’ pleas at this time.”

There was a preliminary hearing on the case in January. Attorneys for the defendants questioned a lack of physical evidence in the case against the two men.