Atlanta GameStop Murder Suspects Will Not Face Death Penalty

Suspects in a 2010 robbery that lead to the murder of a GameStop customer will not face the death penalty, according to the Rockdale Citizen. Three Atlanta men were robbing a GameStop in November of last year when the victim, 40-year-old Adrian Snow of Stone Mountain, entered the store. He was immediately shot by one of the defendants and was killed instantly. The men were later apprehended and face a litany of charges.

The men arrested were 27-year-old Giovannte Maddox, 25-year-old Tron Lamar Hill, and 17-year-old Markus Isiah Seymore. The men were charged with "malice murder," felony murder, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Hill faces an additional charge – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The three will have their first appearance in Rockdale County Superior Court on Tuesday for an arraignment hearing before Superior Court Judge David Irwin. The District Attorney’s office decided not to pursue the death penalty in the case. District Attorney Richard Read said that pursuing the death penalty would be "unconstitutional" because the person they believe pulled the trigger was Seymore. Because there was only one shooter, the other two will not face the death penalty either.

"We believe the actual shooter in this case was under the age of 18, so we’re barred by the U.S. Supreme Court from presenting (capital punishment)," Read said, citing a 2005 federal case.

Source: Rockdale Citizen

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