Man arrested after taking stolen gun to funeral
A Decatur man was arrested June 12 when he took a stolen gun to the memorial service of a shooting victim. The gun had been stolen last year from the county district attorney’s evidence storage facility, according to law enforcement reports.
Camenthia Antwan Dixon, 21, of Decatur, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction of officers, carrying a concealed weapon and reckless conduct.
“Mr. Dixon was walking in the parking lot headed to the wake when an officer observed a gun in his pocket,” said Mekka Parish, DeKalb County Police spokeswoman. “After the gun was checked, it came back stolen out of DeKalb County.”
Dixon was attending the wake of Carlos Henderson Jr., one of two people killed June 7 after a funeral at Victory for the World Church in unincorporated Stone Mountain. Police said Henderson, 19, and Delmetrius Heard, 28, shot and killed each other in the church’s parking lot.
The killings came after the funeral of Ryan Guider, 19, whom police believe was shot to death May 26 in an act of vengeance.
Police have learned that the gun was stolen in June 2011, when a county records room used to store evidence for the district attorney’s office was burglarized. At the time, the evidence was being stored in a room at the county tag office located at 4380 Memorial Drive.
To date, no one has been arrested for the burglary at the facility, which is no longer used by the district attorney’s office.
“The burglary remains an open case within the DeKalb County Police Department,” according to a statement from the office of District Attorney Robert James. “The burglarized storage facility, which housed the stolen property, was first utilized in August 2008 during a previous administration.”
James “has never directed or permitted staff under his administration to place contraband in any off-site facilities under any circumstance,” according to the statement.
Man indicted after giving vodka to baby
A DeKalb County grand jury indicted a DeKalb County father for the June 2011 death of his 4-month-old daughter after giving vodka to the child.
Keith Furlow was indicted on charges of felony murder and cruelty to children in the second degree after he provided his infant daughter with a bottle filled with baby formula and vodka, according to a statement from the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.
The baby was rushed to Egleston Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead by doctors. A toxicology report confirmed a blood alcohol concentration level of .1119.