LIFE IN PRISON FOR GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF MURDERING ASSOCIATE
Victim Shot and Killed Following Dispute Over Money
Decatur, Ga.- A local gang member will spend life behind bars following his conviction for murder. During court proceedings Tuesday morning, 26-year-old Kerri Redding, a reputed member of the Gangster Disciples, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gail Flake. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Friday against Redding on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, and Aggravated Assault in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Kenyatta, 19.
The victim’s lifeless body was discovered on July 6, 2016 by a passerby walking along a trail behind a Treehills Parkway apartment building in Stone Mountain. He had been fatally shot in the chest. According to the investigation, the Defendant and victim were involved in an on-going dispute over money. Witnesses reported hearing the Defendant threaten to “get a gun and shoot” the victim during one of their arguments. The last confrontation between the men occurred just three days prior to the fatal shooting. Following several tips and evidence linking him to the crime, Defendant Redding was identified as the shooter and later arrested in Alabama by a fugitive squad from DeKalb County.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette with assistance from ADA Mikaela Henderson and DA Investigators Sweden Bailey and C.D. Smith. Detective Justin Tables of the DeKalb Police Department led the initial investigation.