TRIGGER MEN PLEAD GUILTY IN MURDER OF BISHOP’S BROTHER
Monday, July 07, 2014
TRIGGERMEN PLEAD GUILTY IN MURDER OF BISHOP’S BROTHER,
SENTENCED TO LIFE
Victim Robbed, Shot Several Times
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces a conviction by guilty plea in the murder case against the two triggermen in the shooting death of a local Bishop’s brother. 19-year-old Felton Lovejoy and 18-year-old Montravious Bradley pleaded guilty as indicted this afternoon to charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, Burglary, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity and weapons offenses for the murder of 47-year-old Jerrick Jackson, brother of prominent Metro Atlanta Bishop Wiley Jackson. Defendants Bradley and Lovejoy were scheduled to stand trial today but shortly before jury selection began this afternoon, they opted instead to enter guilty pleas following brief conversations with their mothers and defense attorneys in court. Bradley and Lovejoy were sentenced to Life in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville who is presiding over the case.
The charges against Bradley and Lovejoy stem from the May 7, 2013 shooting death of Jerrick Jackson and the armed robbery of Jackson’s fiancée Kimberly Little. The victims were exiting their vehicle at Jackson’s Lowe Street home, when they were approached by several armed men. The gunmen ordered the couple inside the home. After Mr. Jackson attempted to stop the men from entering an upstairs room where his fiancée’s daughter was located, Jackson was subsequently shot multiple times by Defendants Bradley and Lovejoy. The suspects fled the scene, taking ATM and credit cards as well as blank checks from both victims. Jackson died the same evening as a result of the shooting. Defendants Bradley and Lovejoy were arrested along with Geno Lewis, Demetrius Morgan and Alejandro Pitts months after the murder.
Last month, Defendant Demetrius Morgan was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his conviction on Gang Activity, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, Burglary and weapons charges for his role in the crime. Defendant Alejandro Pitts will also be sentenced to 25 years behind bars after entering a guilty plea last month in connection with the crime. Trial is still pending against 20-year-old Geno Lewis.
Deputy District Attorney J. Gabriel Banks, head of the Gang Unit, is prosecuting the case with assistance from Senior Assistant District Attorney Jason Park and DA Investigator Richard Randolph. Detectives Alton Calhoun, David Quinn, Dwayne Sutton, Vincent Velazquez and Bret Zimbrick of the Atlanta Police Department Complex Homicide Division led the initial investigation.