Kenwood Park murder suspect turns himself in to Fayette Jail

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<b>Sean Allen. Photo/Fayette County Jail.</b>
Sean Allen. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

The man suspected of firing two bullets May 7 into a Riverdale High School senior football player has turned himself in at the Fayette County Jail, Sheriff Barry Babb said May 17. Sean Allen, 20, of Jonesboro, Ga., was taken into custody without incident, Babb said.

Allen is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault for his role in the shooting death of Daquan Gillett, 18, of Riverdale, Sheriff Babb said. He is being held without bond.

Allen was accompanied by his attorney as he surrendered to Fayette deputies at 12:50 p.m. Monday, Babb said.

The shooting nearly two weeks ago followed what started as a bunch of young people shooting harmless water guns and throwing water-filled balloons at each other in the popular park in north Fayette County. Tempers flared, a fight ensued and shots were fired, according to earlier reports.

People scattered in all directions, leaving Riverdale senior Gillett, 18, just days away from graduating, lying on the ground with two bullet wounds. His twin brother held him as he died.

An unidentified second person was wounded and fled the scene in a vehicle, deputies reported May 7. That person was dropped off at the Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Fayette sheriff said in the initial May 7 report.

Fayette detectives are still looking into into the deadly event and an active investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Babb said.

Deputies with the Criminal Investigation Division knew within hours who Allen was and took out warrants for his arrest the same evening of the shooting, Babb said. Allen was able to avoid arrest for 10 days.

Investigators had spoken to multiple witnesses, studied surveillance video from Kenwood Park and worked closely with Clayton County Schools Police to figure out who the suspected shooter was, Babb said.

Sheriff Babb said his department was aided in the investigation by the Clayton Schools Police, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton County Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

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  1. TITLE 16 – CRIMES AND OFFENSES
    CHAPTER 5 – CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON
    ARTICLE 1 – HOMICIDE
    § 16-5-1 – Murder; felony murder

    d) A person convicted of the offense of murder shall be punished by death, by imprisonment for life without parole, or by imprisonment for life.

    Let’s see how his court appointed attorney “spins” this to the jury.

    • To Crashing Boulder – How about a good old fashioned lynching? Would that satisfy your thirst for “quick justice” and African-American blood? Think of how much money the taxpayers would save if we only returned to the “good old days.”

    • @ Crashing Boulder

      Who cares about the US Constitution anyway?

      Particularly the VI Ammendment:

      In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

    • Aaah, yes… summary execution by the State without trial. That works so well for countries like Chad, Sudan, Libya… feel free to move to one of them. Here in the Western world, where our government is predicated on Anglo-Saxon traditions as informed by Judeo-Christian morality and refined by the renaissance, we do this thing called “trial by jury”. And we show mercy however possible, wherever possible.