ALLEGED GANG MEMBERS INDICTED FOR MURDER OF ATLANTA CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S NEPHEW
Victim Mistakenly Targeted as “Blood” Gang Member
Atlanta– A Fulton County Grand Jury has indicted three alleged gang members in connection with the shooting death of Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms’ nephew, Darius Bottoms. The 17 count indictment returned Tuesday against 16-year-old Rashad Barber and 20-year-old Ryan Bowdery includes charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity and Criminal Damage to Property in the 1st and 2nd degree. In addition to Felony Murder and Criminal Street Gang Activity, 19-year-old David Dajunta Wallace, a third defendant, 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 18-year-old Darius Bottoms.
Mr. Bottoms was shot and killed on June 13, 2014 as he drove his vehicle along Legacy Drive in Southwest Atlanta. Two gunmen ambushed the vehicle and began firing several shots aimed at the driver. Bottoms was fatally struck in the head. A passenger in the vehicle escaped injury. The investigation revealed the victim was killed as a result of mistaken identity. The gunmen believed he was a fellow gang member with whom they had a dispute.
District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. is pleased with today’s indictment and the hard work of the Atlanta Police Department saying, “A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the Detectives assigned to APD’s Homicide Unit. Despite the absence of substantial clues at the onset of the investigation, the Detectives did an outstanding job bringing to justice the individuals we believe are responsible for this senseless tragedy involving an innocent young man.”
DA Howard says the tragedy also sheds light on a larger problem, “The proliferation of gang activity in our community is a serious issue raising critical questions such as ‘Where are we now?’ and ‘What can we do to make sure the gang problem does not get worse?’ We must move beyond the comfort of denial towards the pain of real gang solutions,” says DA Howard.
Following today’s indictment, the case will now be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and scheduled for trial. It will be prosecuted by the Major Felony Unit.