Girl who shot herself in leg at Grady High out of jail

by: Tom Jones Updated:

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ATLANTA - The Grady High School senior accused of accidentally shooting herself on campus faces more serious charges from a separate case.

Channel 2's Tom Jones was there as Morgan Tukes, 17, was released from the Fulton County Jail.

Tukes had her face covered with a hoodie and refused to comment.

Channel 2 Action News was in court as Tukes went before two Fulton County judges in connection with a hit-and-run incident that happened in October.

A magistrate judge read the new charges Tukes now faces, including, "fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, obstruction, a felony, aggravated assault, hit-and-run."

Tukes is accused of aggravated assault on an officer and attempting to elude an officer after deputies said she hit a city worker's truck on Ponce De Leon Avenue and, when an off-duty deputy tried to stop her, driving off.

Atlanta police have also filed hit-and-run charges in the same case so Tukes had to go before another judge.

After court Jones asked Tukes' mother about all the charges.

"She's being grilled. She's being grilled. They giving it to her," she said.

Tukes was first arrested after police said she accidentally shot herself in the parking lot at Grady High School. The honor student went before a judge on those charges and was given a signature bond.

Then police said the victim in the hit-and-run case saw her on TV and that's when the additional charges were added.

The senior's mother doesn't want people to think her daughter is a bad person.

"She just made a very bad mistake. She's not a bad child at all," she said.

The judges allowed Tukes to be released on a signature bond.

She was ordered not to drive, not to possess guns and not to go back to Grady High School.

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