ATLANTA MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING CHILDHOOD FRIEND

Defendant Nabbed in Florida

Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the guilty verdict in the case of

The State v. Jabarri Ash for the murder of Mario Shaw. Ash was convicted of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell sentenced Ash to life in prison plus five years.

In the late evening of February 20th or early morning of February 21st, 2013, Ash killed Shaw by shooting him once in the head and once in the torso. Shaw was found deceased by his roommate in his apartment on Landrum Drive. Witnesses reported that Ash and Shaw had been arguing earlier in the week and that Shaw was afraid of Ash. Ash and Shaw were longtime friends and drug dealers. After killing Shaw, Ash went to his girlfriend’s house, showered, changed clothes, drove to the Atlanta airport and rented a car. Ash then fled with his girlfriend to Jacksonville, Florida where he was later apprehended.

Neighbors identified Ash as the man who had been arguing with Shaw and as the man whose car was parked outside of Shaw’s apartment at the time of the murder. Ash’s cellphone placed him in the location of Shaw’s apartment at the time of the murder. Ash’s alibi was that he had been with his girlfriend the whole night. However, texts between Ash and his girlfriend as well as the fact that Ash told his girlfriend of Shaw’s death before Shaw’s body had been found, debunked this alibi.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Rodney Atreopersaud with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Justin Respress and Investigator Thomas Webb of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective Cedric Smith of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.