A man wanted in connection with a triple stabbing that took place March 15 in Clayton County turned himself in to police Thursday, according to Channel 2 Action News.
He previously told the television station he was defending himself.
Officers responded to a call about a person stabbed at the Vera Cruz Apartments in the 6700 block of Old Dixie Highway in Forest Park, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
When they arrived, they found an 18-year-old Monta Howard dead on the scene and both a 16-year-old boy, Demetrius Jackson, and a 15-year-old boy with injuries.
The two teens were taken to a local hospital, where Jackson died from his injuries. The 15-year-old survived surgery.
Police identified Brandon Yeates, 29, as a person of interest on March 18, but had not yet issued a warrant for his arrest.
Yeates told Channel 2 he is innocent before he knew a warrant had been issued for his arrest, the station reported. He said he was defending his life.
“I been getting death threats, people calling me a child killer,” he told Channel 2.
Police issued a warrant for Yeates’ arrest on an aggravated assault charge in connection with the stabbing of the teen who survived. No warrant has been issued for the deaths of the two teens.
“This man is innocent,” Yeates’ recently hired attorney, Jackie Patterson, told Channel 2.
Yeates said he didn’t want to speak to police until he hired an attorney. Patterson said that’s a smart move.
“No one should go and talk to the police without an attorney,” Patterson said.
Natalie Jackson, the 16-year-old victim’s mother, told Channel 2 she doesn’t believe Yeates is innocent.
Yeates turned himself in to the Clayton County jail and is expected to go before a judge Friday morning.
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