Son asks mom to help him go to Mexico after DeKalb murder; mom says no

Carlos Eduardo Morales-Gallardo

Carlos Eduardo Morales-Gallardo

After firing the fatal shot, he went looking for favors from his mother.

On his 20th birthday, Carlos Eduardo Morales-Gallardo had just killed his cousin in Brookhaven and wanted money to flee to Mexico; instead, the mother told him to stay and face what he'd done, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office.

He was soon arrested on a murder charge in the Nov. 28, 2015 death of Nicolas Morales-Garcia, 20.

This Thursday, Morales-Gallardo surprised prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing by suddenly pleading guilty to felony murder.

He had claimed the shooting, which left his cousin dead with a gunshot to the head on Buford Highway, was an accident.

“However, according to the investigation, and the Defendant’s own confession to family, he shot the victim over a $400 debt,” said Yvette Jones, district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

Judge Courtney Johnson sentenced him to life in prison, which will give him a chance to seek parole after 30 years.

Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter and Instagram

In other news: