One killer failed to show up in court after bond from Magistrate and Superior Court Judges

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 24-year-old DONNY SPEAR and 25-year-old TYREE TABOR.

On October 31, 2016, Tyree Tabor contacted 25-year-old Mar’Keil Leonard to purchase one pound of marijuana. Leonard temporarily sold marijuana to supplement his family’s income due to his wife’s loss of employment. Tabor and Leonard agreed to meet at a location along Joseph E. Boone Boulevard in Atlanta. On his way to the address, Leonard picked up 16-year-old Nicholas Miller because Miller was familiar with the neighborhood where the deal was to occur.

When they arrived at the location, Tabor instructed Leonard to drive to the back of the apartment complex where it was dark and secluded. Leonard and Miller were unaware they were to become victims of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Miller shook hands with Tabor and Donny Spear because he knew both individuals. Tabor and Spear then surrounded Leonard’s vehicle and began to act suspiciously. Miller told the group the marijuana deal was off, and then 33-year-old Vincent Evans emerged with a long gun in hand. Evans immediately told Leonard and Miller not to move or else he would kill them.

Miller ran and Leonard proceeded to flee in his vehicle. Tabor, Spear, and Evans opened fire 20 times. Leonard was struck, but he managed to escape and survive his injuries. Miller was shot at least three times in the back, and he died one month later from complications due to the gunshot wounds. The defendants utilized an assault rifle, a 9mm handgun, and another unidentified pistol. Leonard managed to identify all three shooters. Spear, Tabor, and Evans are documented gang members, and they were upset that Leonard sold marijuana in their gangs’ territory. They attempted to rob Leonard and Miller at gunpoint to send a message. 

On December 14, 2016, Spear was arrested in possession of marijuana, cocaine, hydrocodone, and a stolen firearm. On January 16, 2017, Tabor was arrested for burglarizing an ATM in Sandy Springs, and the gun the defendant was carrying matched the ballistics at the scene where Miller was murdered. A Fulton County Magistrate Judge issued Vincent Evans a $350,000.00 signature bond on February 2, 2017, a month after his arrest. Evans was allowed to sign his own bond and was released from the Fulton County Jail. Evans was rearrested after he was indicted on June 16, 2017. However, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge issued Evans a $50,000.00 bond on May 1, 2018, which he posted through a bonding company. As a result, Evans was subsequently released again. The defendant absconded and never returned to court. There is a bench warrant for Evans’ arrest. The defendant will be tried before a Fulton County Superior Court Jury when he is in custody.

TABOR and SPEAR were convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY, CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE MARIJUANA, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AGGRAVATED BATTERY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A FIRST OFFENDER PROBATIONER.

TABOR and SPEAR
will be sentenced at a later date.

Judge Shukura Ingram Millender, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Brian Trepanier led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Lauren Travis, Investigator James Spivey, and Victim-Witness Advocate Morgan Greene of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Investigator J. Logan from the Atlanta Police Department was the Lead Investigators in the case.