Brookhaven, GA, June 20, 2016 – The Post Reports – Brookhaven Police Department (BPD) Detectives report that on Friday, a guilty verdict was handed down in DeKalb Superior Court in the city’s first homicide investigation. The court found Juan Carlos Ramirez, a 20-year-old male, guilty in the murder of Justin Acevedo, a 22-year-old male, that occurred July 31, 2014.
The shooting occurred just before noon on Thursday, July 31, on N Cliff Valley Way at Coosawattee Drive. During their investigation, BPD investigators learned that Ramirez and Acevedo were involved in a verbal confrontation when the shooting occurred. Brookhaven Police officers responded to the shooting and quickly secured the scene as well as the apartment complex where witnesses reported seeing a group of people, including the shooter, running.
Officers found 22-year-old Justin Acevedo with a gunshot wound to the chest laying on the side of the roadway. The victim was transported by ground to an Atlanta area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detectives worked tirelessly to piece together evidence and witness statements to determine the identity of the suspect. The shooter was eventually identified as Ramirez. Both Ramirez and Acevedo lived at Parke Towne North Apartments.
At the scene, a 33-year resident of the area told The Post he was walking down the sidewalk on North Cliff Valley Way, when behind him, he heard what sounded like an M-80 firecracker. “I heard a shot…what I thought was an M-80 firecracker. I ducked and turned around and saw the guy [victim] fall across the street. Two little girls and a woman were with him and I went over there and saw he was bleeding from the upper chest area. I ran down towards an ambulance and a fire truck that were already here on another incident. The two little girls beat me to them. They came back out and that was all I saw,” said the man.
Juan Carlos Ramirez was also found guilty on two additional charges: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (Felony), Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime (Felony). He has received a sentence of life plus 5 years. He may be eligible for parole in 30 years, says BPD.
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