Three DeKalb County men were indicted last week on murder and gang charges for the 2012 shooting death of another teen.
Antarious Angelo Johnson, 19, Malcolm Jamal Wilson, 21, and Marcus Labron Estes, 20, were charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, gun possession and multiple charges of illegal gang activity in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Jamal Linkhorn.
Linkhorn, 19, was reported missing by his family on March 8, 2012, authorities said. His body was found a week later inside a storage shed at a DeKalb County apartment complex.
The three suspects were in police custody within days of Linkhorn’s body being found, authorities said.
Prosecutors say Johnson and Linkhorn knew one another from Elizabeth Andrews High School in Stone Mountain, and believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute.
Prosecutors also say Estes, Johnson and Wilson were members of the Bloods gang and claim they shot Linkhorn “with the intent to increase (their) status in the Bloods,” according to the indictment.
“Gangs and gang violence have become an increasing issue not only in DeKalb but across the nation,” DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement. “This was a senseless and cowardly act that claimed the life of this young man. My office will continue to dedicate our resources to combating gangs in DeKalb County.”
Wilson, Estes and Johnson remain in the DeKalb County, according to jail records.