Marcus Fraser (left) was convicted of murdering Rodricous Gates Jr. in 2017.
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office / Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office / Channel 2 Action News

Man gets life sentence for killing ex-high school football standout in 2017

A man was sentenced to life without parole Thursday for shooting and killing a former standout high school football player in Clayton County, authorities confirmed.

Marcus Fraser was convicted of murdering 20-year-old Rodricous Gates Jr. at the Hampton Downs Apartment at 6519 Mount Zion Boulevard in August 2017, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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Gates, a former standout quarterback at Mundy’s Mill High School, got into a fight with Fraser outside a building, AJC.com previously reported. Gates was found dead by Clayton County police in the parking lot.

Shantavier Willis also faced a charge in connection with this incident. She was accused of giving detectives a fake name when asked to help find Fraser. She was charged with making false statements to police.

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Shantavier Willis
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Fraser, who was 26 years old at the time, turned himself in to New York authorities later that month on an outstanding warrant related to a prior conviction. He was then charged in connection with Gates death, being charged with murder, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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