Entire incident was captured on surveillance video
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 37-year-old CHANUNCEY DANIELS.
On April 13, 2017, Chauncey Daniels, the defendant, boarded MARTA Train Car 250 at the H.E. Holmes Station. Once on the train, Daniels walked in the direction of 37-year-old Zachariah Hunnicutt and brandished a 9mm handgun from his waistband which he began to fire at the unarmed victim. As Daniels continued to shoot, Hunnicutt, 36-year-old Johnesia Cofield, 61-year-old Ernest Butler, and 20-year-old Angel Bowens stood up and ran from the gunfire. Hunnicutt and Cofield, his girlfriend, were sitting together, while Butler and Bowen just so happened to be sitting nearby. All four victims were struck by gunfire during the shooting. Daniels then stood over Hunnicutt, who was covering his head with his hands, and continued to pull the trigger but the gun jammed.
Moments later, Daniels walked where Hunnicutt was previously sitting, opened the victim’s backpack, and removed a black jacket. Daniels exited the train at the West Lake Station and was tackled to the ground by MARTA Police Officer V. Samuel. MARTA surveillance cameras captured the entire incident from start to finish. Hunnicutt died on the train as a result of six gunshot wounds to his neck, torso, arms, and legs. Cofield suffered one gunshot wound to the leg and spent four days at Grady Memorial Hospital before she was released. Daniels shot Butler in the right thigh, and he was released after spending one day at Grady. Bowens was struck in the right hip and was released from Grady the same day she was shot. Hunicutt and Daniels knew each other well. They worked together in 2016 and lived in the same apartment for a brief period. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office learned through its investigation that Daniels was motivated to murder Hunnicutt because the victim stole a Nike jacket, a backpack, a hooded sweatshirt, $500, marijuana, and a pistol from the defendant months earlier.
DANIELS was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, ARMED ROBBERY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON. Daniels was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE PLUS 75 YEARS.
Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Deah Warren led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Siri Patel, Investigators Kletis Sloan and Rasheed Hamilton, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Katherine Hamm of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective L. Whitestone of the MARTA Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.