Men acquitted of murder in DeKalb pot deal gone bad

Two Stone Mountain-area men were found not guilty of murder in a soured DeKalb County drug deal.

The jury responded to defense attorneys’ assertions that the defendants had actually been acting in self-defense when one of them shot and killed 46-year-old Antimothy Davis on Horse Shoe Drive in South DeKalb on Nov. 18, 2017. Patrick Croskey and Kryshlar Maxwell, both 27, were acquitted of all charges Oct. 29, except for a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon count for Marshall.

Croskey’s attorney Maurice Kenner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Davis was the aggressor and shot Croskey in the leg while attempting to rob him. The state had argued that it was Davis who was firing in self defense.

District Attorney Sherry Boston said her office is “disappointed with the outcome” but respects the jury’s decision.

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The defendants left the scene and were arrested after their car crashed nearby. Police said they were fleeing; the defendants said they were trying to get to the hospital because Croskey had been shot in the leg.

“It was a very scary experience,” Croskey said after being released from a year in jail. “It opened up my eyes to know that one minute you can be doing something and everything can be changed.”

Maxwell remains in custody and will be sentenced on the firearm charge Nov. 27.

In other news: 

The incident happened outside a Brookhaven gas station

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