Defendant utilized an AK-47 to murder the victim
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 31-year-old ORLANDO JORDAN.
In the early morning hours of March 22, 2014, 35-year-old Antoniyo Wiggins was engaged in a heated altercation with his roommate. Atlanta Police responded to their shared apartment along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Atlanta. Officers separated the two individuals and the roommate vacated the premises.
The roommate traveled to the apartment of Orlando Jordan who lived in the same complex. The roommate and Jordan conversed, and Jordan claimed Wiggins had previously stolen from him. Shortly thereafter, Jordan left his apartment and hid in a set of bushes along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in preparation for an ambush of Wiggins. The defendant knew, at some point, the victim would walk through the area where he was hiding.
A short time later, Jordan spotted the victim who was walking along MLK with some of his belongings in hand and his dog by his side. As Wiggins passed Jordan, the defendant opened fire with an AK-47. Jordan fired 24 shots, 15 of which struck Wiggins in the head, torso, arms, back, and legs. The victim died at the scene, and the defendant fled the area. Jordan was later arrested. The defendant was in federal prison until 2019 for a bank robbery he committed years earlier.
JORDAN was convicted of MURDER AND FELONY MURDER.
JORDAN was sentenced to
Life Without the Possibility of Parole.
Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Travis led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Gaby Benghiat, Investigator Sammy John, and Victim-Witness Advocate Morgan Green of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective K. Leonpacher from the Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigator in this case.