Tela was accused of opening fire at a Bates Road home on May 29, 2008. He was found guilty on six counts of aggravated assault, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and first-degree criminal damage to property.
According to the indictment, Tela committed aggravated assault on the victims by discharging a .380 Beretta handgun in the direction of the Bates Road residence. Tela’s ex-girlfriend was at the home at the time.
Witnesses testified Tuesday that a car passed the home slowly, with a passenger yelling profanities. According to one witness, the ex-girlfriend identified the voice as Tela’s. The car circled back around, at which time gunfire rang out.
While no one was injured, a round entered the home through a bedroom wall, exiting into a closet. Another round hit the trim near the front door, but the slug could not be retrieved.
The gun used in the shooting was found behind Tela’s Kennesaw residence in the months after the incident.
GBI Firearms Examiner Kyle Felix testified Tuesday that he tested the handgun in September 2009 and determined the gun was the one used in the shooting.
Judge Shepherd Howell ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case. Tela will be sentenced June 28.
Molestation case set to begin
The trial of Larry Elden Thomas is expected to begin this morning in Howell’s courtroom.
Thomas is charged with two counts of child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and false imprisonment.
According to the indictment, Thomas is accused of committing immoral acts on a female under the age of 14 between Aug. 1 and Oct. 11, 2008, at a Euharlee residence. He allegedly exposed himself to the girl, placed his genitals on her arm and directed her to touch him inappropriately.
A jury was selected Wednesday, and the case is expected to begin at 9 a.m.