Defendant told his girlfriend “someone was going to feel his pain”

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 46-year-old BENJAMIN BRADLEY.

On January 14, 2018, Benjamin Bradley and his girlfriend, who is the mother of his child, traveled to the Shell Gas Station along Marin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta. The defendant and his girlfriend were visiting Atlanta from Louisiana to obtain a copy of Bradley’s CDL license which he originally earned in Georgia. Before entering the Shell Gas Station, Bradley left his vehicle running in the parking lot because it was cold outside. As they were inside the service station, Bradley became the victim of a slider crime when an individual stole his vehicle which contained all of his belongs, including his wallet and cellphone.

Bradley was allowed to review the service station’s surveillance video and repeatedly returned to the Shell Gas Station over the next 24 hours hoping to identify the person who stole his car. On January 15, 2018, the frustrated Bradley told his girlfriend,

“Before I leave Atlanta, someone is going to feel my pain.”

The defendant then called a friend who lived in Clayton County. Bradley told the friend about the stolen car and said he was on his way to pick him up so they could find whoever stole it. Bradley, his friend, and another man returned to the Shell Gas Station several hours later in a white vehicle. Bradley entered the service station and confronted three individuals about his stolen car. The verbal dispute spilled into the parking lot where several other individuals were standing. None of the people inside or outside the store had anything to do with Bradley’s stolen car.

Following the verbal altercation, Bradley departed the location in the white vehicle. However, two minutes later, the defendant returned to the scene and opened fire on the group standing outside the Shell Gas Station. A bullet struck 23-year-old Dequavious Harris in the head, and he died at the scene. Ricky Davis, an additional bystander, was also struck in the arm, but he survived his injuries. After the shooting, Bradley returned to the car and fled the area. Bradley was arrested six days later in Clayton County.

BRADLEY was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AGGRAVATED BATTERY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON,

Bradley was sentenced to
Life in Prison Plus 15 Years.

Judge Gail Tusan, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Ryan Piechocinski led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Kianna Chennault, Investigator Michael Green, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Patricia Cardoso of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective R. Sluss of the Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigator in the case.