FAMILY MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY TO BRUTAL BEATING DEATH OF COUSIN
Victim Bludgeoned to Death with Hammer Following Defendant’s Jealous Rage
October 16, 2013
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the conviction by guilty plea in the murder case against 47-year-old Hagie Cham. The defendant was charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault for the beating death of his cousin Mohamadou Touray, 42.
The incident happened on August 7, 2010 inside the Godby Road Discount Mall in College Park. Several witnesses reported seeing the defendant strike the victim at least three times in his head and chest with a hammer. The defendant even proclaimed to police who arrived on scene that he had killed the victim. He was arrested at the scene. The victim was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died the following day from his injuries. During a subsequent interrogation, Cham told detectives investigating the murder that he was upset because of the victim’s alleged affair with his wife.
Cham was scheduled to stand trial last week, but opted instead to enter a guilty plea shortly after jury selection. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Yolanda Mack assigned to the Major Felony Unit with assistance from ADA Dexter Youmans and DA Investigator Lynell Freligh. Detective L. Napier of the College Park Police Department led the initial investigation.