Defendant grabbed victim’s gun and immediately started firing for no apparent reason
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 34-year-old DAVID ROBINSON.
On October 14, 2017, David Robinson was released from prison after serving his (8) year sentence for a 2007 armed robbery. To celebrate, Robinson’s childhood friend, 29-year-old Jala Ross-Beyah, planned an outing to the Peaches of Atlanta strip club along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Atlanta. After pulling into the parking lot that evening, Robinson grabbed Ross-Beyah’s handgun and began firing for no apparent reason. Ross-Beyah was struck (2) times, once in the neck and once above his eye, and he died immediately.
After shooting Ross-Beyah, Robinson began to fire at another friend who was with the defendant and the victim, but that friend was not struck and fled the scene. Security personnel at Peaches of Atlanta chased after Robinson who then fired in their direction. The defendant attempted to scale a fence in his efforts to flee the area; however, the fence collapsed and landed upon Robinson. The defendant was detained and transferred to the custody of the Atlanta Police Department. There is no indication as to what caused Robinson to grab his childhood friend’s weapon and begin firing.
Robinson is a repeat-offender with (6) prior felony arrests and (6) prior felony convictions. In 2005 and 2006, Robinson was convicted of Aggravated Assault. In 2006, the defendant was also convicted of Terroristic Threats, and in 2009, he was convicted of Armed Robbery for which he served an (8) year prison sentence. While in prison in Lowndes County, Georgia, Robinson received an additional conviction in 2013, for Giving to or Possession by Inmates Prohibited Items. He was released from prison for the Armed Robbery on October 14, 2017, the same day he murdered Ross-Beyah.
ROBINSON was convicted of MURDER, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.
Robinson was sentenced to
Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole Plus 15 Years.
Senior Judge Jerry W. Baxter, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Senior Assistant District Attorney Deah Warren led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Alice Holloway, Investigator Glenn Cross, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Brandee Bolton of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective K. Leonpacher from the Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigator in the case.