Devon Jamal Jackson
Photo: Decatur Police Department
Photo: Decatur Police Department

Police say Decatur homicide suspect confessed to murder

Police say they’ve made an arrest in the case of a man found murdered inside his downtown Decatur apartment this week — and that the suspect admitted killing his friend.

Devon Jamal Jackson, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Keonte Rapheal Metts, who was found beaten, stabbed and choked at his home Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson was located in Atlanta and taken into custody for an unrelated failure to appear warrant out of Fulton County, Decatur police spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Ross said. 

While in custody, Jackson confessed to murdering Metts, she said. 

“Jackson was an acquaintance of Mr. Metts, visiting the night of the murder,” Ross said. “No motive has been established at this time.”

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday morning that Metts died of blunt force trauma, strangulation and multiple stab wounds. He was discovered when officers conducted a wellness check at his home at the Trinity Walk Apartments.

On Thursday, detectives released surveillance photos of Jackson, who they said was with Metts on Tuesday evening.

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