A DeKalb County jury on Feb. 15 convicted a man for killing the fiancée of a DeKalb County Police officer. He was later sentenced to life without parole, plus five years and restitution by Judge Clarence Seeliger.
Luis A. Porras was found guilty of malice murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
On Aug. 15, 2009, Jameelah Qureshi, 40, fiancée of Sgt. D.A. Thomas of the DKPD and a mother of four, was shot and killed in her driveway by Porras in a Lithonia subdivision. Porras will be sentenced on Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Judge Clarence Seeliger’s courtroom.
The state used 26 witnesses and more than 130 exhibits to prove its case. Additionally, Amanda Dove, who testified during the trial, was charged as a co-defendant and accomplice in the death of Qureshi.
“When Qureshi pulled into her driveway, the defendant got out of his truck, ambushed the victim, and shot her at least 13 times, with two guns, one in each hand, as she sat defenseless behind the wheel of her car. Qureshi’s two younger daughters and her stepson discovered her nearly dead in her car in their driveway,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jill G. Polster and assisted by co-counsel Assistant District Attorney, Mirna G. Andrews.
“Nothing will ever bring Jameelah Qureshi back, but today’s conviction of Luis Porras is another step in the healing process for this family. We grateful to the men and women of the jury for bringing justice to a family who unjustly lost their loved one,” James said.