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Grady student out on bond after new charges

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A Grady High School senior who shot herself in the leg on campus earlier this week was released on bond Friday.

Morgan Tukes spent two nights in jail. She was originally charged in connection with the shooting, which occurred Wednesday at Grady High School.  As she was being processed for that case, authorities filed additional charges in an unrelated hit-and-run case.  

Tukes is charged with four felonies in the hit-and-run case, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and reckless driving.  She also faces a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge.  The accident happened in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant on Ponce de Leon Avenue in October.   A police report indicates a deputy asked Tukes to pull over after she allegedly hit a city vehicle. Police said that Tukes then took off and allegedly dragged the deputy with her car.

Tukes appeared in court twice on Friday morning to face the new charges.  Judge James Altman granted Tukes a $3,000 signature bond on the misdemeanor hit-and-run charge, and her next court date for that charge will be March 14.  

Later, she appeared before Judge Roy Roberts on the felony charges.  He granted her a $40,000 signature bond.  She is forbidden from driving a car.  Her next hearing on those charges will also be March 14.

Tukes is also charged with carrying weapons within a school safety zone, reckless conduct, possession of a pistol by a minor and disruption of a public school after gun which she was carrying went off and shot her in her leg.  She appeared before a Fulton County magistrate judge on Thursday. The judge set a $41,000 signature bond Thursday for the 17-year-old.  The judge also ordered Tukes to stay off the Grady High School campus. It was unclear if she would be allowed to attend another campus or an alternative school.

In all, her bond for all charges against her totals $84,000.

Morgan's grandmother, Linda Tukes, said she was relieved that the teen was released.

"It's a blessing.  Y'all have made her out of a bad person and she is not a bad person. She is a good person and we all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. We thank God that he allowed her to come home today," said Linda Tukes.

As a condition of her bond, Morgan Tukes also must stay away from any firearm and cannot have any in her home.  Tukes' mother, Kimberly Johnson, said that her daughter didn't know she was carrying a gun in her pocket. She said that her family doesn't have any guns in the house and she doesn't know where she got it from.

Her father told FOX 5 News after her court appearance that he wants to see his daughter go back to school and graduate.

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