Atlanta man convicted of murder in $1,500 armed robbery

Darius Jordan was convicted of murder more than 2 ½ years after James Yarbrough was shot in the stomach because the 26-year-old and another man wanted $1,500 in Yarbrough's pocket.

Jordan was sentenced Thursday to life plus 25 years in prison for murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in the Dec. 22, 2007, death of Yarbrough and also for robbing Yarbrough’s 22-year-old nephew, Kenneth Kaiser, at gunpoint.

According to testimony in Fulton Superior Court,  Jordan offered to drive Yarbrough, 35, and Kaiser to a Jonesboro Road check cashing store and then to  buy crack and marijuana. They made several stops but the last one  was on King Smith Road where Jordan’s accused partner, Quantavious Grier, was waiting

Grier, who has not been tried yet, told Yarbrough and Kaiser to get out of the car and to “give it up,” according to testimony in Jordan’s trial.

While Grier allegedly held the men at gunpoint, Jordan went through their pockets,taking their money and drugs. Yarbrough then rushed Grier and was shot him in the stomach.

Police linked Jordan to the crime because a surveillance camera at the check cashing store captured images of the men together. Jordan was easy to spot, he was wearing a red Santa hat and bright colored jacket.

Grier is to be tried later this year.