Victim Strangled with Bed Sheet

Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the guilty verdict in the case of The State v. Bobby Wynn for the murder of Demontae Ware.  Wynn was convicted of Murder, Felony Murder, and Aggravated Assault.  Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford sentenced Wynn to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On September 7th, 2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m. a Detention Officer in Fulton County Jail found inmate Demontae Ware deceased in his cell.  When the Detention Officer approached the cell, Wynn, Ware’s cellmate, stated to the officer, “I had to do it . . . I had to kill him.”  At that point the officer saw Ware lying in the background with his hands bound behind his back by a bed sheet and a strip of bed sheet tightly bound around Ware’s neck.  Ware was transported to Grady Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  While medical examiners found defense wounds on Ware’s body, they did not find defensive wounds on Wynn, undermining Wynn’s self-defense claim.  Wynn was in Fulton County Jail awaiting trial on Robbery by Force charge.  Wynn had a history of altercations with cellmates and had been transferred from three different cells.  One day prior to the murder, Wynn had been moved to Ware’s cell because of an altercation with his prior cellmate.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Pat Dutcher with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Nicole Finnie and Investigator Fred Glenn of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective Scott Demeester of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.