HUNT FOR RIVAL ENDS IN MURDER
Gunman Convicted, Sentenced to Life
October 18, 2013
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against an Atlanta man. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday against 37-year-old Delvon Johnson on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime in connection with the shooting death of 29-year-old Lamar Greggs.
Greggs was gunned down on October 15, 2011 outside of the Uppercuts Barbershop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Southwest Atlanta. The victim was having a conversation with a friend when the defendant approached him with a gun. Defendant Johnson began yelling obscenities at the victim and then lunged at him with the weapon. The victim tried to disarm the defendant but he resisted–ultimately raising the gun to the victim’s chest and firing a fatal shot.
According to the investigation, the victim and defendant were involved in an altercation over drugs and money two weeks prior to the murder. After the argument, witnesses say Defendant Johnson roamed the community for two weeks brandishing his weapon in search of the victim. Johnson was arrested seven months after the murder when initially reluctant witnesses positively identified him as the shooter.
Just one year prior to murdering Lamar Greggs, Defendant Johnson was released from prison after serving 10 years on an armed robbery conviction. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville, who presided over the murder case this week, sentenced Johnson to life without parole plus five years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Adriane Love assigned to the Major Felony Unit with assistance from ADA Joanna Helsby and DA Investigator Vance Williams. Detective D. Sutton of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.