Man Found Guilty for Gunning Victim Down Outside Apartment Complex

Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the guilty verdict in the case of The State v. Antonio Sullivan for the 2013 murder of Wava Benton III. Sullivan was found guilty of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony. Superior Court Judge Wendy L. Shoob sentenced Sullivan to life in prison plus five years suspended.

On May 7, 2013, Benton and Sullivan were seen together at the rear of the Caribou Apartment Complex located at 2001 Sylvan Road, Atlanta. Sullivan was seen by several witnesses chasing Benton around the building and firing shots at Benton. Benton fell and Sullivan stood over Benton and shot him in the head. Sullivan then fled the scene and police were called. Benton was transported to Grady Hospital where he died the following day. Sullivan was identified by witnesses as the man who shot Benton and was apprehended on June 14, 2013 in Alabama. After his arrest, Sullivan confessed to shooting Benton.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy L. Shoob presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Simone Hylton with assistance from Senior Assistant District Attorney Rudy Harris, Investigator Chuck Martin and Senior Investigator Tessa Bowers of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective C. F. Smith of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.