Mathew Whittington
Photo: DeKalb County jail
Photo: DeKalb County jail

Attica prisoner to stand trial in DeKalb burglary killing

On July 3, 2013, around 10 p.m., a Lithonia woman awoke to gunshots in the next room of her home. Two men then burst into her room, one of them demanding to know where she kept her money.

“Is this a dream?” the woman asked.

“This ain’t no damn dream,” he said.

Moments later, the men fled with her purse and jewelry, according to a DeKalb County police report detailing the case. She went after them and found fellow resident Quindarious “Quin” Davis, 23, shot dead.

Four years later, one of the men accused arrived this week in DeKalb County from New York’s notorious Attica prison to stand trial on murder charges.

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Mathew Whittington, 27, of Brooklyn is serving a seven-year term for assault and arson, New York prison records show. He had been in another New York prison before Davis’ death.

The murder trial is set for Oct. 23. Co-defendant Simmeon Anderson, 22, of Newark, New Jersey, pleaded guilty earlier this month to voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery, receiving a 35-year sentence.

Authorities haven’t revealed why the men would’ve been in DeKalb County or how detectives connected them to the killing.

The indictment accuses them of stealing shoes and marijuana from Davis in the burglary at 5847 Trent Walk Drive.

Whittington had never been arrested in DeKalb before being transported for trial this week, jail records show. He landed last year at Attica, infamous for the fatal 1971 riots and well-known inmates such as serial killer David Berkowitz.

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In other news:

Skylar Fowler died after her mother Dijanelle allegedly left her in a hot car. Child services officials in S.C. and Ga. said they had never been contacted about Skylar's welfare. The child's father also said he never saw the mother treat Skylar poorly. DeKalb police said Dijanelle is a "good kid" who made a "horrible, horrible mistake." Dijanelle is charged with second-degree murder.

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