Suspect arrested in shooting of Stone Mountain man found dead in bushes

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Investigators on Tuesday arrested a suspect accused of shooting a man near his Stone Mountain home last month and leaving him for dead in a row of bushes.

Aurion Johnson, 22, had been wanted on a charge of malice murder. Fugitive officers from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested him at a Clarkston apartment complex along Brockett Road, according to a department spokeswoman.

Johnson’s arrest stems from a deadly March 31 shooting in the Water’s Edge subdivision.

David Hayman, 20, was found dead in a row of bushes in front of a home along Watson Bay Trail, according to authorities. DeKalb police said it appeared he was shot overnight, but they weren’t called to investigate until several hours later.

According to his arrest warrant, Johnson encountered the victim as he was walking home. The two men had a clash, during which Johnson allegedly pistol-whipped Hayman and shot him in the face, the sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Investigators said Hayman and Johnson did not know each other, she said.

Johnson, who is also from Stone Mountain, is being held without bond at the DeKalb jail.