MAN KILLED STRANGER FOR LOOKING AT HIM
Man Killed in Union City for Simply
Looking in Defendant’s Direction
Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the guilty verdict in the case of The State v. Alan Dennis for the murder of Michael Henderson. Dennis was found guilty of Murder, Felony Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony. Dennis was sentenced to life plus five years by Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell. In 2014, Dennis’ co-defendant, Kenneth Ricks was tried and found guilty of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, and Reckless Conduct. Ricks received twenty-six years to serve.
On June 5th, 2013, Michael Henderson and his brother were at the Shell Gas Station located on 5022 Roosevelt Highway, in Union City. Henderson was pumping gas while his brother was getting snacks when Dennis approached Henderson and asked why Henderson was looking at him. The two had a verbal altercation but both went back to their respective vehicles. Henderson relayed the conversation to his brother. Dennis again approached Henderson for a second time and asked, “What are you looking at? You keep looking over here.” Dennis then stepped back, cocked a handgun, and fired at Henderson one time, striking him in the chest. Dennis jumped into his car with Ricks as a passenger and pulled away from the scene. Ricks fired more shots as the vehicle pulled out. Henderson was transported to Grady Hospital where he died as a result of his gunshot wound. Union City Police caught Dennis within minutes of the shooting.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Rodney Atreopersaud with assistance from Senior Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette and Investigator Thomas Webb of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective Gloria Hodgson of the Union City Police Department led the initial investigation.