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Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a man charged with killing a local Deacon. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Friday afternoon against 24-year-old Jacob Pyne on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of 52-year-old Gerard Foster, a Deacon at Living Water Christian Baptist Church in Decatur.
On July 6, 2016, Decatur Police Officers responding to a ‘person shot’ call discovered the victim in the breezeway of his Robins Street apartment complex. Foster was critically injured with multiple gunshot wounds to his head, neck, and chest. He was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later from his injuries. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots and seeing the getaway car speed away from the scene. Defendant Pyne was captured on surveillance video fleeing the area with a female accomplice. He was arrested in Tennessee following tips to police identifying him as the shooter. According to the investigation, there was no clear motive for Foster’s murder. Investigators believe the Defendant simply lashed out at the victim as he passed him on the apartment steps.
Defendant Pyne is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26, 2017 by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott, who presided over the trial. Christonya Section, an indicted co-defendant, will be tried at a later date.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney John Williams with assistance from ADA Sybil Price and DA Investigator C.D. Smith. GBI Agent Debbie Loving led the initial investigation along with detectives from the Decatur Police Department.