Wednesday, May 28, 2014
GUNMAN CONVICTED IN DEADLY COLLEGE PARK‘REVENGE’ SHOOTING
One Man Killed, Another Injured
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a College Park man known as “Hot Boy.” Jurors returned guilty verdicts on Tuesday against 26-year-old John Blackmon on charges of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery and weapons offenses for fatally wounding 19-year-old Timothy Blalock and injuring 24-year-old Timothy Ghilden.
On August 25, 2013 police responded to a shots fired call in the parking lot of “Infamous Tattoos” on Old National Highway in College Park. When they arrived, they discovered the bullet-riddled body of Timothy Blalock in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet Impala. He had been shot multiple times in the chest. Timothy Ghilden, a second victim, suffered gunshot wounds to his arm and hand—severing one of his fingers. He was able to escape the car and stumble into the tattoo parlor for help.
According to eyewitnesses, an SUV drove up next to the victims’ car and Defendant Blackmon, who was seated in the rear of the truck, opened fire with an assault rifle wounding both men. The truck was abandoned and set on fire in nearby Union City shortly after the shooting. Blackmon was arrested and charged with murder two days later after being identified in a photographic line-up as the shooter. The investigation revealed Blackmon targeted Timothy Ghilden, the surviving victim, in revenge for an earlier fight involving the two men several weeks earlier.
Following his conviction, Blackmon was sentenced to life plus sixty years in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney who was filling in for presiding Judge Kelly Amanda Lee.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Raquel Stokes with assistance from Senior ADA Jay Hughes and DA Investigator Henry Cooley. Detective Terence Jackson of the Fulton County Police Department led the initial investigation.