Joe Eakmond Morris
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Man arrested in fatal shooting at DeKalb apartment complex

DeKalb County authorities have arrested a man they say shot and killed another man at an apartment complex in the Belvedere Park neighborhood. 

Joe Eakmond Morris, 37, of Decatur, was arrested on a felony murder charge, according to the DeKalb sheriff’s office. 

The charge stems from the shooting death of Rico Jabar King, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said.

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King, 26, was shot multiple times at the complex on Belvedere Lane on June 4, according to the DeKalb medical examiner. He was dead at the scene when officers arrived about 10:15 p.m., previously reported. 

Witnesses told officers the victim was arguing with someone before the shooting, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“I heard about three to five gunshots,” witness Shayne Adams told the news station. “I looked over, saw a bunch of pandemonium.”

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Morris the day after the shooting, Williams said. Deputies found him at a hotel in Decatur and he was “apprehended and transported to the DeKalb County Jail without incident,” Williams said.  

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