JURY SELECTION BEGINS FOR THREE DEFENDANTS IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ATLANTA MAYORAL CANDIDATE’S NEPHEW

Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, Jr. today announces the start of jury selection in the case of three defendants in connection with the shooting death of Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms’ nephew, Darius Bottoms.

On June 13, 2014 Darius Bottoms’ vehicle was ambushed, and he was shot and killed as he drove along Legacy Drive in Southwest Atlanta. He was fatally struck in the head. A passenger in the vehicle escaped injury. The investigation revealed the victim was mistaken as a rival gang member.

The defendants, RASHAD BARBER,19, RYAN BOWDERY,23, DAVID DAJUNTA WALLACE,22, were indicted February 10, 2015 on charges including the following:

  • Felony Murder
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity
  • Criminal Damage to Property in the 1st and 2nd degree

DAVID DAJUNTA WALLACE is also charged with weapons offenses, Hindering the Apprehension of a Criminal, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer for his alleged role in the murder of Darius Bottoms.

Darius Bottoms was 18 years of age at the time of his death.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge, Jerry Baxter is presiding over the case. The case is being prosecuted by Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney, Clint Rucker with assistance from Assistant District Attorney, Cara Convery and Senior Criminal Investigator, Charles Prescott.  Detective, Brett Zimbrick and Detective, David Quinn of the Atlanta Police Department led the investigation.