Man gets life in Cumberland Mall slaying

A Cobb County judge Tuesday handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for a man convicted of shooting and killing another man in a shopping mall parking lot, Channel 2 Action News reported.

A jury on Monday found Rosano Wensley Bundel of Douglasville guilty of killing George Tabetando on Nov. 25. The 28-year-old Bundel had been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Channel 2 reported that those testifying at Bundel’s sentencing hearing Tuesday included Tabetando’s father. He said that his son, a 29-year-old Powder Springs man, was the father of four, including a baby born five months after the murder.

A DEA agent also testified, saying the agency was investigating Bundel in connection with a plot to smuggle as much as 500 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

At the time of the shooting, near a mall full of shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, Bundel met Tabetando outside the Macy’s department store at Cumberland Mall, authorities said.

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But the two men began arguing over money, and witnesses said they saw Bundel chasing Tabetando, firing shots as he ran. Tabetando tripped trying to go over a fence, and Bundel walked up to him and fired at least one more shot into him, police said.

Tabetando was taken to Emory-Adventist Hospital in Smryna, where he died from his injuries.

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