Defendant taunted victim after shooting him in the chest
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 36-year-old RONALD FISHER.
On May 26, 2009, at approximately 04:28am, David Lewis drove Ronald Fisher, the defendant, and Derrick Cullins, the victim, to an apartment on Delowe Drive in Atlanta. Cullins was attempting to repay a debt he owed Fisher. The driver, Lewis, said that Cullins had stolen $35 in ecstasy pills from Fisher. Cullins claimed he could retrieve the money he owed Fisher from the address on Delowe Drive, but when they arrived the individuals who resided at that location did not know Cullins or the defendant and did not open the door. Realizing that Cullins was unable to repay the debt, Fisher became angry and he shot Cullins in the chest at point-blank range. The defendant then stood over the victim and said,
“That’s what you get for stealing.”
After Fisher uttered those words, he shot Cullins twice more, once in the face and once in the back. Cullins died at the scene. Lewis, who witnessed the murder from inside his vehicle, said Fisher immediately got back inside the car. Fisher pointed his handgun at Lewis and demanded he drive the vehicle away from the scene. Fisher said to Lewis,
“That’s how we do it in Louisiana.”
Under duress and coercion, Lewis drove Fisher to his friend’s house where the defendant confessed to murdering Cullins. Lewis said after he dropped off Fisher he went straight to Cullins’ family, told them what happened, and then drove the family to the murder scene on Delowe Drive. Lewis told police at the scene that Fisher was the shooter and he only knew him as “Noonie.” Lewis also told police the defendant was a drug dealer from New Orleans. The FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Fisher in Detroit, Michigan on March 19, 2010.
In 2011, Fisher was found guilty of murdering Cullins and was sentenced to life in prison. However, Fisher appealed the conviction and it was overturned on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel. In 2013, Fisher was convicted of murdering 17-year-old Eddie Shaheed. In that case, on May 30, 2005, Fisher and a group of men were walking along Cascade Avenue in Southwest Atlanta when they encountered Shaheed and his group of friends. There was a verbal dispute between the two groups and when Shaheed turned to leave Fisher shot him in the back of the head, execution-style. The case went cold until 2011 when Fisher was identified as the person who murdered Shaheed. Fisher is already serving a life sentence for Shaheed’s murder.
FISHER was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY. FISHER received a LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE PLUS FIVE YEARS for Cullins murder which will run consecutive to the life sentence he received for Shaheed’s murder.
Judge Craig L. Schwall, Sr., of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Travis prosecuted the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Dallas Cox and Investigator Michael Green of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective M. Cooper of the Atlanta Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.