Defendant bragged that he stomped the victim to sleep
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 30-year-old JOSHUA PRICE.
On May 27, 2016, Joshua Price, the defendant, called his aunt to retrieve his social security check. Marcie Price, the defendant’s aunt, raised Joshua from birth and kept track of his social security funds. On the day of the murder, the victim told Joshua that she was out running errands and she would call him when she returned home. The defendant was not allowed in her home because he had previously acted aggressively toward her fiancé, 56-year-old Roger Horton, the victim.
Instead of waiting for Ms. Price to return from running her errands, the defendant went to the home on Indale Place in Atlanta. Horton, the victim, would not allow the defendant to enter the home. This enraged the defendant and he yelled at Horton to let him inside and to give him his money. The defendant’s behavior was so erratic a neighbor brought her children inside and called 911. The defendant eventually forced his way into the house and immediately attacked Horton. Neighbors could hear furniture moving, items crashing, and other noises that sounded like a physical attack. Inside the home, Joshua brutally beat Horton by stomping the victim with his feet and striking him with an iron fireplace tool. Horton sustained a series of wounds to his head and his neck and ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Joshua Price was apprehended at a nearby gas station a short time later. The defendant was covered in the victim’s blood which was located on the socks, shoes, and the pants he was wearing. The medical examiner determined Horton died from blunt force injuries to his head. In multiple jail calls, the defendant bragged about attacking Horton. He stated he was justified in killing Horton because the victim would not let him in the home. He said,
“I snatched that (expletive) door open and beat that (expletive) to (expletive) sleep. I stomped that (expletive) to sleep.”
PRICE was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, and BURGLARY IN THE FIRST DEGREE. Price was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 20 YEARS.
Judge Henry M. Newkirk, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Deah Warren prosecuted the case. She was assisted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Brett Pinion and Investigators Chuck Martin and Kletis Sloan of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detectives K. Leonpacher and M. Young of the Atlanta Police Department were the Lead Investigators in the case.