Victim was celebrating his birthday with a much deserved day off work
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 33-year-old MICHAEL DAWSON, 31-year-old JAMEL GINES, and 33-year-old DONTRAVIOUS MAHONE.
On April 21, 2016, at approximately 9:45am, Michael Dawson, Dontravious Mahone, and Jamel Gines pulled their maroon Hyundai Accent into 21-year-old Kadarius Medlock’s driveway on Wade Creek Road in Alpharetta. Medlock had worked long hours and many days in a row, so he was celebrating his birthday at home that morning with a much deserved day off. Mahone wore a neon safety vest and pretended to be a utility worker. He placed an orange safety cone in the driveway to further sell his disguise. A short time later, Dawson, Mahone, and Gines invaded Medlock’s home through the front door. The defendants bound the victim’s hands behind his back with an extension cord while they ransacked his home. As they were leaving, the defendants fired two shots, one shot to the back of Medlock’s head, and he died at the scene.
When Alpharetta Detective D. Bochniak arrived at the home, the only evidence left at the scene was the traffic cone. Detective Bochniak researched the make and model of the cone and determined it was purchased at a nearby hardware store. Detective Bochiniak obtained surveillance video from that store which showed Gines and Dawson purchasing the cone an hour before the murder. Surveillance cameras also captured the two men re-entering the maroon Hyundai Accent spotted by Medlock’s neighbors at the murder scene. Through the course of the investigation, cell phone records placed all three defendants at the scene at the time of Medlock’s murder. Detective Bochniak determined that Mahone rented the Hyundai Accent two days before the murder, and a GPS tracking device on the vehicle placed it in the driveway of Medlock’s home when he was shot. GPS information from the vehicle showed it also visited the home of all three defendants before and after the murder. In addition to the surveillance video, GPS, and cell phone evidence, the GBI discovered Dawson’s DNA on the traffic cone.
On June 28, 2016, two months after the murder, Detective Bochniak executed search warrants at the three defendant’s homes. When police entered Mahone’s residence, he was carrying a gun stolen during the home invasion. Detective’s also uncovered evidence that Mahone used Medlock’s stolen video game system. A Gucci scarf and Louis Vuitton duffle bag stolen from Medlock’s home was found inside Dawson’s residence when police executed a search warrant at his home. Detective Bochniak also determined Dawson’s fiancé pawned a watch stolen during the home invasion at a pawn shop in Conyers. All three defendants were arrested. Mahone has (4) four prior arrests and was convicted of Theft of Firearms, Interference with Commerce by Threats of Violence, and Use of Firearm During Crime of Violence in 2005. Dawson has (9) nine prior arrests including a Cruelty to Children conviction in 2008. Gines has been arrested (3) three times and was convicted of Identity Theft in 2014 and a Federal Armed Bank Robbery.
DAWSON, MAHONE AND GINES were convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, HOME INVASION (1ST DEGREE), ARMED ROBBERY, BURGLARY (1ST DEGREE), FALSE IMPRISONMENT, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY, FINANCIAL TRANSACTION CARD FRAUD, IDENTITY FRAUD, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON. Mahone, Dawson, and Gines will be sentenced on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1:00pm.
Judge Constance C. Russell, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Cara Convery led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Holmes, Investigator Raymond Baez, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Lavert Forest of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective D. Bochniak and Detective Jakai Braithwaite of the Alpharetta Police Department were the Lead Investigators in the case.