Defendants attempted to carjack victim before firing the fatal shot

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a non-negotiated guilty plea, of 18-year-old ADARIUS JONES and 19-year-old KHALID BAYS.

On August 12, 2018, at 12:30am, 49-year-old Beverly Jenkins was sitting in her minivan at the intersection of Westview Drive SW and Hopkins Street SW in Atlanta. Jenkins was headed home after her shift at the City of Refuge, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless mothers and families. While she waited at the intersection, Adarius Jones and Khalid Bays attempted to carjack Jenkins. When the victim attempted to drive away from the defendants, Bays fired his 9mm handgun. The bullet struck Jenkins in the head, and her vehicle veered off the roadway. The victim died in the front seat of her van. Bays and Jones fled the scene.

A month later, on September 17, 2018, Bays and Jones carjacked a victim at a gas station along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Atlanta. The defendants also shot the victim in this carjacking. She was struck twice in the stomach and was severely injured, but she survived the shooting. The shell casing found following the September carjacking matched the shell casing located at the scene of Jenkins’ murder.

Eventually, Bays and Jones were arrested and both admitted to their involvement in the carjackings and Jenkins’ murder. On February 6, 2020, Jones and Bays entered non-negotiated guilty pleas to the indictment and were each sentenced to Life in Prison. Jones received an additional (5) five years to serve, and Bays received an additional 15 years to serve. Beverly Jenkins was a beloved charity worker in the Atlanta area, and she was a mother of five and a grandmother of four.

BAYS and JONES entered a non-negotiated guilty plea and were convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY, HIJACKING A MOTOR VEHICLE IN THE 1ST DEGREE, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, ARMED ROBBERY, and AGGRAVATED BATTERY.

Jones was sentenced to
Life in Prison Plus 5 Years

Bays was sentenced to
Life in Prison Plus 15 Years

Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Senior Assistant District Attorney Brett Pinion led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Investigator Bernice Higgins and Victim-Witness Advocate Kimberly Rodriguez-Mojica of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective S. Benton from the Atlanta Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.