Juan Carlos Zambrano Canales.
Photo: Cobb County District Attorney's Office
Photo: Cobb County District Attorney's Office

Man gets life in prison for fatal Cobb trailer park shooting

An Atlanta man was sentenced Thursday to serve life in prison for the murder of a party goer at a mobile home park in Cobb County.

Francisco Javier Madera, 33, was sentenced after a Cobb jury last week convicted him of charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in the killing of 27-year-old Juan Carlos Zambrano Canales.

Madera and Zambrano were at a party at a home in the Waverly Mobile Home Park on Winnstead Drive in Mabeleton on Oct. 14, 2017. The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office said the victim and Madera met for the first time at the party and “nothing seemed amiss.” 

“But after awhile, witnesses said, the defendant began getting argumentative and Zambrano said something along the lines of ‘relax chiqui,’ a Spanish word meaning “little one,” the DA’s office said.

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Both men engaged in a verbal altercation, which turned physical. A witness asked Madera, who prosecutors said was causing the commotion, to leave the party. Madera got in his car and drove away. However, prosecutors said Madera returned to the party with a handgun and shot Zambrano three times. 

Zambrano was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. Madera was tracked down and arrested two days later by U.S. Marshals and Little Rock, Arkansas, police. Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Green said Madera murdered Zambrano over nothing more than a word. 

“His actions were that of a cold-blooded killer,” she added. 

Mugshot of Francisco Madera
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

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