Monday, June 16, 2014
ARGUMENT OVER PARKING SPACE LEADS TO MURDER
Shooter Convicted, Sentenced to Life
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the conviction by jury trial in the murder case against an Atlanta man. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Friday against 33–year-old Charles Jarrod Cook on Murder and weapons charges in connection with the shooting death of 34-year-old Salento Winfrey.
Winfrey was shot and killed on November 2, 2012 inside of the South Gordon Street rooming house in Southwest Atlanta he shared with the defendant. The two men, who lived in separate apartments on the property, had been engaged in an on-going argument about the use of a shared driveway. On the day of the incident, the argument escalated, prompting Defendant Cook to retrieve a gun from his home. He fired two shots, striking the victim twice in the back. When the victim fell to the ground, Defendant Cook stood over the wounded man and shot him once more in the back of the leg and fled the scene. Winfrey was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Cook was later arrested without incident. Following his conviction, he was sentenced to life without by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey who presided over the case.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Yolanda Mack prosecuted the case with assistance from ADA Lauren McCauley and DA Investigator Vance Williams. Detective M. Willis of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.