CONVICTION IN THE ‘COLD CASE’ MURDER OF FULTON PARALEGAL
Victim Robbed, Brutally Beaten, and Stabbed
September 12, 2013
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the conviction by jury trial in the “cold case” murder of John Ray, 32. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Wednesday against 30-year-old Torico Jackson on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Burglary.
John Ray was found murdered in his Browns Mill Road home on May 19, 2004 after failing to show up for work at the Fulton County Conflict Defender’s Office where he was employed as a paralegal. Ray’s body was discovered face down on the floor and his hands were bound behind his back. He had been beaten and stabbed. The victim’s car and electronics were stolen and his home was burglarized. The case went “cold” for six years until a DNA hit linked Defendant Jackson to the murder.
A detailed investigation led by Detective David Quinn of the Atlanta Police Department’s Cold Case Complex Unit and DA Investigator Marshall English revealed that on the night of the murder, Defendant Jackson, an acquaintance, visited Mr. Ray’s home. He then fatally attacked the victim and stole his belongings. Later that night, Jackson led police on a brief chase in the victim’s car after failing to pull over for a traffic stop. He crashed the car and fled the scene without being captured. Authorities collected blood from the crash and placed it into a DNA database. The DNA was eventually linked to Jackson following his arrest and conviction on separate robbery charges. He was arrested for the murder of John Ray in 2011while serving prison time on the robbery conviction.
Following his murder conviction Wednesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell who presided over the case, sentenced Jackson to two consecutive life sentences (one without parole) plus 25 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Adriane Love with assistance from Senior ADA Claire Farley, DA Investigator Marshall English and APD Detective David Quinn.