When DeKalb County police found a woman shot in a silver SUV on I-20 Thursday afternoon, they were first told by two people in the vehicle that it was the result of a road rage dispute.
Now, according to police Lt. Lonzy Robertson, “we don’t believe this is what happened.”
Robertson said investigators now believe a man riding in the backseat of the Jeep Patriot actually fired the shot that killed 21-year-old Airiyuanna Burston.
Gregory Neal, 22, is in DeKalb County jail on a murder charge, according to records.
Neal is the cousin of the SUV’s driver, Decardo Glenn, 20. Burston was Glenn’s girlfriend.
According to the police report, Glenn told officers at the scene that another SUV darted in front of his in “an aggressive manner.” He said once the vehicles pulled side-by-side, Neal and a passenger in the other SUV began having a verbal argument. He said he then heard a gunshot and pulled over on the side of the interstate to check on Burston.
The officer also wrote in his report that Neal could not provide any more details about the shooting.
Police said they found the weapon in grass near the incident.
“They were scared,” an emotional Oleta Glenn, who is Decardo Glenn’s mother and Neal’s aunt, told Channel 2 Action News on Friday. “They should have just told the truth.”
Glenn was released. Investigators do not “believe he was involved with the murder,” Robertson said, but he added that he could still be charged with giving a false statement at some point.
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