Police to discuss serial killer arrest

Metro Atlanta police agencies will hold a 10 a.m. news conference to discuss the arrest of Aeman Presley, who has been charged in three apparently random shooting deaths. Presley, according to media reports, is also a suspect in a fourth slaying.

Aeman Lovel Presley (Fulton County jail)

Credit: Leroy Chapman Jr.

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Credit: Leroy Chapman Jr.

Presley, according to Channel 2 Action News, citing police sources, will be charged in the Sept. 27 fatal shooting of Calvin Gholston, a 54-year-old schizophrenic whose body was found in a breezeway at the Spring Mill Village shopping center on Memorial Drive in unincorporated Decatur.

Investigators at the time said Gholston was shot multiple times in what they described as a “brutal homicide.”

Presley, an unemployed actor who had recently returned to the Atlanta area from Los Angeles, is suspected in the deaths of homeless men Dorian Jenkins, Tommy Mims, killed within three days of each other during Thanksgiving week while they were sleeping on Atlanta's streets. Karen Pearce, 44, was shot to death Dec. 6 in downtown Decatur after having dinner with friends.

Presley was apprehended last week by MARTA police at the Georgia State rail station after attempting to jump the fare gates without paying. A loaded revolver and a box of ammunition were found on him matching the .45/.410 revolver – either a Taurus “Judge” or a Smith & Wesson “Governor” – police say was used in the shootings of Jenkins and Mims.

Scheduled to discuss the arrest are: Atlanta Police Chief George Turner; MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham; Decatur Police Chief Mike Booker; the GBI; as well as Major Yarbro and Captain Rutland from DeKalb County Police.

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