Atlanta Man Convicted of Murder in South DeKalb Shooting Case

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DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced on Thursday the conviction of Jamaar Bracey, 39, in a jury trial for the shooting and killing of another man in south DeKalb. Bracey was found guilty on charges including Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and firearm-related offenses stemming from the incident on February 14, 2021.

The case unfolded when authorities responded to an overturned car along Warriors Path in unincorporated Decatur, finding Rodney Evans, 31, with a gunshot wound to the head. Despite medical efforts, Evans succumbed to his injuries on June 3, 2021. Evidence at the scene included bullet casings and damage to Evans’ vehicle.

Investigation revealed Evans’ connection to a woman residing nearby, with whom he had a troubled relationship and a protective order against him. The woman reported encounters with Evans at her home before reaching out to Bracey for assistance, who later admitted to firing at Evans during a roadside encounter.

Bracey was arrested in North Carolina on March 10, 2021, and extradited to Georgia. Following the guilty verdict, he received a sentence of Life Without Parole plus 15 years, to be served consecutively with a prior sentence for a separate shooting incident in Cobb County.

The prosecution was led by Senior Assistant District Attorney Kara Roberts, with support from Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Josh Geller, investigators, and law enforcement. DeKalb County Police Department Detective Kelley Hoyt played a crucial role in the investigation.