MILTON MAN CONVICTED IN SHOTGUN MURDER OF STEPSON
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Defendant Upset Teen Made Too Much ‘Noise’
Atlanta– A Milton man who confessed to killing his teenage stepson has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on Wednesday against 48-year-old Eric Brandon on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Alexander Koser.
Koser was gunned down inside his Genesis Way home on February 12, 2012. Prior to his death, the teen was playing video games and rough-housing with a friend who was visiting. Defendant Brandon complained the victim was too loud and demanded the teen quiet down. When the noise did not subside to the defendant’s satisfaction, he retrieved his shotgun from a locked case and confronted the victim who was in the kitchen preparing a snack. When the teen turned to face his stepfather, the defendant fired a single shot into the victim’s chest. He then racked the shotgun and fired a second shot into his chest. Brandon once again racked his shotgun and fired a third shot into the teen’s body. After that final shot, Defendant Brandon put his weapon down, walked past the teen’s brutally wounded body and called 9-1-1 admitting to operators that he had just shot his stepson. Police rushed to the scene and arrested Brandon. Video surveillance inside of the police vehicle captured Brandon further boasting about the killing and stating he “hoped [Alex] was dead.”
Jurors deliberated for only 25-minutes before returning with guilty verdicts on all counts. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk who presided over the case immediately sentenced Eric Brandon to life plus five years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Lance Cross assigned to the Violent Offenders Division with assistance from ADA Lauren Boone and DA Investigator Terence Wise. Detective S. Hewitt of the Milton Police Department led the initial investigation.