There may be justice for Secoriea Turner, an 8-year-old girl who was shot dead in Atlanta last year when she and her mother drove near the Rayshard Brooks autonomous zone, as a 37-count indictment was issued by a grand jury for two alleged Bloods gang members reportedly involved in the shooting.
Combined, the two may face nearly 1,000 years behind bars related to the death of the young girl and were previously arrested without the option for bail.
Julian Conley, 20, faxes a maximum sentence of life in prison plus 580 years for 31 charges including two felony murder charges. Jerrion McKinney, 23, faces a maximum sentence of 290 years in the slammer for 16 counts including possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and affiliation with the Bloods, according to CBS46.
“This indictment includes charges of violating the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act by criminally associating with the Bloods gang in three different ways,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said on Friday at a press conference.
“We claim that Conley fired when he stopped and did not respect the car’s barricade, which led to the tragic killing of Secoria Turner,” Willis said.
“I’ve got video evidence of other people involved. What I need is them identified,” Willis explained.
— Fani Willis Fulton County District Attorney (@FaniWillisForDA) August 13, 2021
A warrant issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation alleges that an area near a Wendy’s in Atlanta was taken over by the Bloods last year known as the “Rayshard Brooks autonomous zone,” according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The autonomous zone was created in response to the shooting of Rayshard Brooks by an Atlanta police officer. Brooks resisted arrest after having allegedly passed out drunk in a Wendy’s drive-through, grabbed one of the officers’ tasers, and tried to flee. Surveillance footage suggests that he turned and fired the taser at the officer who returned fire with his sidearm, killing Brooks who was also allegedly a member of the Bloods according to the warrant.
“Prior investigation determined that Brooks was a member/associate of the Bloods criminal street gang,” reads the warrant.
“Their motive was that a member of their gang had been killed and it was an outrage to the loss of that life,” Willis explained in relation to the creation of the autonomous zone.
Turner’s family is suing the city and several of its leaders including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta police chief as well as Wendy’s International and alleges they were “negligent in their duties by failing to remove armed vigilantes who had gathered alongside peaceful protesters at the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed.”
Turner was shot after the car she and her mother were in was stopped near the autonomous zone by the rioters on July 4, 2020.
“None of what we are doing will bring our baby back. We shouldn’t be here. We deserve justice” Turner’s mother Charmaine Turner said.
Not long before Turner’s death, the city did make some effort to remove the barricade. Bottoms commented, “The City removed obstructions from the property and right of way. We will continue to monitor the situation as we work with the appropriate stakeholders to maintain peace and order in the community.”
However, the cleanup efforts seem to have been short-lived and armed rioters returned later in June. A spokesperson for the mayor denied knowledge of the alleged gang affiliation of the autonomous zone.
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