Fulton County man gets life in prison for killing wife’s boyfriend

A Fulton County jury convicted a Union City man Wednesday of murdering his wife’s boyfriend.

Marcus Payne, 40, also shot his estranged wife multiple times, but Brandi Payne survived, authorities said Friday.

The shots were fired April 16, 2014 after Payne allegedly followed his wife and her boyfriend to a gas station on Bluffington Road. Payne ambushed his wife when she was walking out of the store, shooting her five times before turning the pistol on Evan Campbell, who was in the driver’s seat of the couple’s car, District Attorney Paul Howard’s office said.

Brandi Payne escaped by flagging down a motorist as her husband shot at her while chasing her as she fled, shattering the windows of several nearby businesses, said Yvette Jones, spokeswoman for Howard.

Marcus Payne fled to his mother’s house in Hoover, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham, where he was arrested two days later, Jones said.

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He was found guilty Wednesday on charges of murder, felony murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property in the second degree.

Superior Court Judge John Goger sentenced Payne to life plus 25 years in prison.

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