THREE DEFENDANTS IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ATLANTA MAYOR-ELECT’S NEPHEW CONVICTED

Victim Mistakenly Targeted as Gang Member

 Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, Jr. today announces the conviction of three defendants in connection with the shooting death of Atlanta Mayor-elect 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.

On December 21, 2017, RASHAD BARBER,19, was  convicted by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury on the following charges:

  • Felony Murder
  • Malice Murder
  • Criminal Damage to Property
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony
  • Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity

BARBER was sentenced to Life plus 25 years in prison.

On December 21, 2017, RYAN BOWDERY,23, was  convicted by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury on the following charges:

  • Felony Murder
  • Malice Murder
  • Criminal Damage to Property
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony
  • Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity

BOWDERY was sentenced to Life plus ten years in prison.

On December 21, 2017, DAVID DAJUNTA WALLACE,22, was  convicted by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury on the following charges:

  • Felony Murder
  • Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity
  • Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony

WALLACE was sentenced to Life plus five years in prison.

Darius Bottoms was 18 years of age at the time of his death. “We are pleased that they have finally been prosecuted. This is a monumental loss for us. Darius will always be remembered,” said one member of the Bottoms’ family.

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