Suspect indicted on 9 counts related to Atlanta bartender’s murder

DeMarcus Brinkley is accused of killing Mariam Abdulrab.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

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DeMarcus Brinkley is accused of killing Mariam Abdulrab.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Charges include malice murder, kidnapping, attempted rape

A man suspected in the shooting death of an Atlanta bartender in August has been indicted on nine counts, including charges of malice murder, kidnapping and attempted rape.

Mariam Abdulrab, 27, of Atlanta, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds Aug. 13, several hours after her boyfriend called 911 and reported that she had been kidnapped, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Abdulrab’s boyfriend, who was not identified, told the police dispatcher he could see a man forcing Abdulrab into a car at gunpoint.

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Soon after the discovery of Abdulrab’s body, 27-year-old Demarcus Brinkley was identified as a person of interest, the AJC reported. His car was spotted in Griffin later that morning and police attempted to perform a traffic stop. Brinkley tried to flee but crashed into another car, injuring himself and the other driver. Both Brinkley and the second driver were flown to the hospital.

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Mariam Abdulrab, 27, was kidnapped and killed in August.

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Mariam Abdulrab, 27, was kidnapped and killed in August.

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Mariam Abdulrab, 27, was kidnapped and killed in August.

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After four days at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, Brinkley was booked into the Fulton County Jail on six counts, including murder. He waived his first court appearance and has remained in the Fulton jail without bond, according to online court records.

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With Brinkley’s nine-count indictment, which was obtained by the AJC, the charges against him have slightly changed. He now faces one count of malice murder, three counts of felony murder, and one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, attempted rape, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Brinkley was originally charged with false imprisonment, but that count was not presented to the grand jury, according to court records.

Brinkley had previously spent seven years in prison and had been released less than a year prior to Abdulrab’s kidnapping and death. In 2014, after Brinkley’s lawyer first argued that he was incompetent to stand trial, he pleaded guilty to one count of child molestation and was given a seven-year prison sentence.