Morales-Gallardo’s mother was located during the investigation. The DA’s Office says when confronted, she told authorities her son admitted to her he shot and killed his cousin over a $400 debt. She also told authorities she refused his request for money to escape to Mexico and that he needed to take responsibility for his actions.
Morales-Gallardo was later arrested and confessed to the shooting, initially claiming it was an accident.
In December of ’15, the Brookhaven Police Department (BPD) gave an accounting of the shooting, explaining that their Patrol Division responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls from residents who heard gunshots.
BPD said when they arrived on scene, they found Morales-Garcia suffering from a single gunshot wound in an area between buildings 3098 and 3102 in the Esquire Apartment complex on Buford Hwy.
BPD Officers reported they rendered first aid, while other officers began to search the area for the shooter. Attempts to revive Morales-Garcia were not successful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot once in the back of the head.
Following his guilty plea, which occurred during his pre-trail hearing on Thursday, Morales-Gallardo was sentenced to life in prison by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Josh Geller with assistance from DA Investigator Chris Wieseman. Detective David Snively of the Brookhaven Police Department led the initial investigation, the DA’s announcement says.