Man gets life for killing stepson over video game noise

It took jurors 25 minutes to convict a Milton man in the murder of his 16-year-old stepson, the Fulton County District Attorney said Thursday.

Eric Brandon, 48, confessed to killing Alexander Koser because the teen’s video games were too loud, DA Paul Howard said. Brandon was then sentenced to life, plus five years in prison after being convicted of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Alex and a friend were playing video games in his family's townhouse on a Sunday afternoon in February 2012 when Brandon asked his stepson to stop making so much noise, according to police and court testimony. But it wasn't quiet enough for Brandon, who retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun and shot Alex three times.

Brandon then called 911 and told operators he had shot his stepson, Howard said. After he was arrested and placed in a police car, Brandon boasted about the killing and stated he hoped the boy was dead, according to the DA. Alex died at the scene.

At the time of his arrest, Brandon did not have a criminal record and there had been no prior reports of fights at the home, Milton police said.

Brandon and Alex lived in the Genesis Way townhouse with the teen’s two younger siblings and mother, Brandon’s wife, police said. The teen’s mother and siblings were not home at the time of the shooting.

But teenagers who knew Alex said the junior at Alpharetta High School had previously complained about this stepfather.

Alex Messing, who called himself Koser’s best friend, told The AJC two days after the shooting that Alex Koser and his stepfather “were always arguing.”

Before his death, Alex Koser was known as a poet and cartoonist.

“He was very good at animation,” Messing said.