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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A Davidson County judge ruled today that Eric Goodner, who is accused of shooting a Pearl-Cohn student waiting at a bus stop, will be tried as adult.
Goodner, 17, is accused of shooting Jonathan Johnson at a bus stop on April 11.
The teen was arrested last month after police said he spent weeks on the run and hiding with friends.
"Very happy, very happy," said a member of Jonathan Johnson's family upon hearing that Goodner will be tried as an adult.
The judge set Goodner's bond at $1.5 million.
"She set a very high bond," said Amy Hunter, assistant district attorney.
An eyewitness testified he saw Eric Goodner sitting on the stoop across the street that April morning. He walked up to Johnson, shot him once, missed, then shot again.
As Johnson lay dying in the street, he told the witness, "Tell my family I love them."
Goodner's long criminal history came out for the first time in court today, starting with aggravated burglaries when he was 14. He was even locked up for a year.
"Upon his release, instead of leading a normal live, he turned to murder," said assistant district attorney Paul DeWitt.
Johnson's family had never heard the details of Goodner's criminal past and about how the attempts to rehabilitate him had failed.
"I didn't expect it, I guess," said Rory Johnson, the victim's older brother. "It was probably a shocker."
The judge said Goodner left the court no choice since he had every type of counseling and treatment available.
"Someone's going to do what they're going to do, regardless of the help you give them," said Rory Johnson. "That's my opinion."
"I just hope he gets justice," said Anthony Moore, the victim's stepfather. "He needs to spend the rest of his life in jail and think about it. I don't feel bad for him at all."
Goodner's attorney raised questions about the two witnesses who identified Goodner as the shooter. The attorney said one of them only saw Goodner's face for a few seconds.
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