Dealer foiled by his own surveillance system
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of LARRY REESE, 39, in the shooting death of 21-year-old CLAYNESIA RINGER.
Reese was well known to police as a drug dealer in the South Fulton County area. Reese had been arrested eight times previously, and three of the arrests stemmed from illegal drug activity. On August 19, 2015, Claynesia Ringer traveled to the defendant’s home to purchase marijuana. Reese, for reasons that remain unknown, mistook Ms. Ringer as an attempted robber. As she pulled into his driveway, Reese opened fire with his .45 caliber handgun and struck Ms. Ringer’s car several times. One of the bullets entered Ms. Ringer’s chest, and she died immediately from the injury. Reese then fled the scene.
When police arrived at Reese’s home, they searched inside and found marijuana in the basement and attic, digital scales, and plastic baggies used to package the drug. Reese also maintained an elaborate video surveillance system which allowed him to view those entering his home through cameras stationed around the entire perimeter of the house. When police examined the system, they were able to locate video of Reese firing the shots that killed Ms. Ringer. After several months on the run, Reese eventually turned himself into Fulton County Police on February 5, 2016.
Ms. Ringer was the mother of a 2-year-old girl. The victim was enrolled in Atlanta Technical College and hoped to become a pharmacy technician. After her daughter’s death, Ringer’s mother felt immense pain for her granddaughter. She said,
“My baby (granddaughter), she has to grow up without her mother, (Claynesia) didn’t deserve to die.”
A Fulton County Superior Court Jury found REESE guilty of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY IN THE FIRST DEGREE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY. REESE was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON PLUS TEN YEARS.
Judge Jerry W. Baxter, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Morris prosecuted the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Rives Hiles and Investigator Michael L. Hill II of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective J. Rittberg of the Fulton County Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.