Stolen car of beaten SW Atlanta body shop owner recovered

The owner of Gordon’s Body Shop on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard was found severely beaten inside the shop late Sunday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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The owner of Gordon’s Body Shop on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard was found severely beaten inside the shop late Sunday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

A southwest Atlanta business owner and former school board candidate was in critical condition Monday after he was found beaten inside his auto repair shop.

Michael Jeter, 52, of Atlanta was supposed to meet his brothers Sunday night for dinner, but never showed up, Officer Kim Jones with Atlanta police said. One of Jeter’s brothers drove to Gordon’s Body Shop on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, where he found Jeter covered in blood with severe head trauma.

Jeter was not alert and barely conscious, according to police. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he remained Monday afternoon. A family member told Channel 2 Action News that Jeter was in the intensive care unit and had had two surgeries.

A black Infiniti G37 belonging to Jeter was reporting missing from the business — and later recovered by police, Channel 2 reported — but it was not immediately known if robbery was the motive, police said.

No one was in custody Monday afternoon.

In 2011, Jeter ran for a spot on the Atlanta Board of Education, but was not elected.