Gang members convicted for execution-style murder of couple - CBS46 News

Gang members convicted for execution-style murder of couple

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces the conviction by jury trial of two gang members charged with brutally murdering a Stone Mountain couple.

Jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday, May 25 against 27-year-old Christopher “Crisco” Spencer and 28-year-old Vernon “Veto Corleone” Beamon on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Burglary, Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Financial Transaction Card Fraud, and weapons offenses in connection with the execution-style murders of 54-year-old Samuel White and his fiancé Sylvia Watson.

The deadly string of events leading to the double-homicide began on the morning of October 24, 2016 shortly after Ms. Watson returned home to the couple’s Tree Mountain Parkway apartment following a doctor’s appointment. As she exited her car, Defendants Spencer and Beamon, members of the “Rollin 20’s”- a subset of the Crips gang, approached her at gunpoint and forced her back into her driver’s seat.

She was then ordered to drive to multiple ATM’s and withdraw money while the gunmen rode as passengers. One bank surveillance video captured images of the terrified victim and Defendant Spencer in the rear seat of her vehicle.

After returning to her apartment, she was forced to join her fiancé Samuel White. The defendants then tied the victims hands behind their backs, placed them face down on the floor and fatally shot each one in the back of the head.

Defendant Spencer was captured on November 2, 2016 after being identified via surveillance video images from the bank. Defendant Beamon was captured during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee, two weeks later.

According to the investigation, the men targeted the couple for settlement money they were rumored to have, though authorities found no evidence of such money.

The defendants were sentenced immediately following their convictions. Defendant Spencer was sentenced to two consecutive life without parole terms, plus 30 years. Defendant Beamon was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole, plus 25 years.

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