Alex Newton and Jeffries Anderson
Photo: File photos
Photo: File photos

East Atlanta Village murder suspect asks for bond, gets turned down

The man allegedly behind an East Atlanta Village burglary turned killing will remain in jail after a judge’s order.

Jeffries Anderson, 36, who is charged with murder in the death of Alex Newton, 30, asked to be released on bond from the DeKalb County jail. Judge Winston Bethel denied the request after hearing the allegations of the case Wednesday.

Prosecutor Rod Wilkerson said Anderson wore a blue surgical mask on Oct. 31 when he broke into Newton’s apartment.

Newton came home from lunch and a struggle ensued.

When police arrived to the upscale complex, Alexan EAV, Newton was in his doorway, shot. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Wilkerson said Anderson, who fled, was connected to the crime by a security camera. The pictures of the suspect were sent out to media, and several people reported that the man was Anderson.

Also, a black hat left at the apartments bore Anderson’s DNA, Wilkerson said.

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The prosecutor, a deputy chief assistant DeKalb district attorney, also mentioned that Anderson previously did 12 years in prison for manslaughter.

Anderson’s attorney, Duana Sanson, argued for bond on his behalf. She said he lived with his girlfriend in the area and works two jobs, one at a flooring company, the other at a jewelry store.

Bethel thought Anderson could commit more crimes if released.

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Alex Newton was shot and killed in his East Atlanta apartment in October.

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