DA: Man convicted of murder bragged about shooting victim

Chauncey Pope
Chauncey Pope

Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections

Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections

Chauncey Pope didn’t like how close Derrick Brooks was standing to him.

The two were in an Atlanta nightclub on James Jackson Parkway when Pope, who was gambling and playing dice at the time, argued with Brooks over how close he was to him, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.

The argument spilled outside and ended with Pope shooting Brooks, who died from his injuries two months later.

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On Monday, a jury convicted Pope of murder in the Dec. 14, 2014 fatal shooting, The Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said in a statement.

At the time, an unarmed Brooks was leaving the club with a friend when he yelled at Pope: “I will kill you,” Hopper said. Pope then pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and shot Brooks in the leg. Brooks fell to the ground and Pope stood over him and fired another shot to his head.

Brooks spent the next two months in hospice care before dying Feb. 26, 2015.

Hopper said Pope ran back into the club bragging that he’d shot Brooks. Pope left the scene, but was arrested Jan. 20, 2015 at the same nightclub during a narcotics-related search unrelated to Brooks’ murder.

In additions to murder, Pope was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Pope will be sentenced at a later date.

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