Defendant not aware police already solved the crime
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 32-year-old ANDRE BRIDGEWATER.
On January 18, 2018, Andre Bridgewater, the defendant, drove his gold Lincoln Navigator to a Chevron station on Roosevelt Highway. Bridgewater left the vehicle running and walked inside the store. While he was inside, someone stole the SUV. Bridgewater refused the Chevron station clerk’s offer to call police and instead walked to another nearby gas station. The defendant was still visibly upset, and he said to a security officer inside the second gas station that he would,
“Handle it himself.”
Two days later on January 20, 2018, at approximately 7:00pm, Bridgewater returned to the Chevron station where his SUV was stolen. Clearly upset, Bridgewater confronted Uylesse Davis and 26-year-old Myron Short, two men who had nothing to do with the theft of his vehicle, outside the Pizza and Wings restaurant which is attached to the Chevron station. Short worked at the location. Bridgewater believed Short and his friend Davis played some role in stealing his vehicle. What Bridgewater did not know, was that his SUV had already been located by the Fairburn Police Department six hours earlier. During the confrontation, Bridgewater brandished a 9mm handgun and said,
“Where’s my (expletive) at?”
Davis told Bridgewater he did not know where his vehicle was, but Bridgewater immediately focused his attention on Short and said,
“Yeah, you was with ‘em too?”
Bridgewater then fired a fatal shot that struck Short in the shoulder. The defendant fled the scene. A witness to the shooting of Short, who was familiar with Bridgewater, and knew his SUV had been stolen two days earlier, identified the defendant in surveillance video taken from the Chevron station where the murder occurred. Bridgewater was also captured by surveillance cameras, two minutes after the murder, at a Family Dollar store, two-tenths of a mile from the Chevron. The defendant was seen entering the store wearing the same black jacket he wore during the shooting. While inside the Family Dollar, Bridgewater disposed of the jacket and then left the store. The lead detective was able to recover the jacket from the Family Dollar, and inside it, she found a live 9mm round that matched a shell casing located at the scene.
BRIDGEWATER was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON. Bridgewater was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 25 YEARS.
Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Senior Assistant District Attorney Rudy Harris prosecuted the case. He was assisted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Cara Convery, Investigator Kletis Sloan, and Victim Witness Advocate Afrika Cotton of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective T. Howard of the Fulton County Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.