Jealousy possible motive in fatal shooting

By Ed Brock

Police say the man arrested in a fatal shooting at a Jonesboro apartment complex may have acted out of jealousy.

Dejuan Valdez Curinton, 22, was arrested just after midnight Thursday just a few hours after 30-year-old Edward Rivers Jr. was gunned down Wednesday at Williamsburg South Apartments on Flint River Road where Valdez lives, Clayton County Police Capt. Tim Robinson said.

Valdez has been charged with murder in connection with Rivers' death that occurred around 2:45 p.m.

"Curinton may have been upset about the relationship between Rivers and (Curinton's) girlfriend," Robinson said.

Robinson said he did not know where Rivers lived, but the resident of the apartment where the shooting took place told police that Rivers sometimes stayed with him and slept on the sofa.

The apartment resident told police that he was in the bathroom at the time of the shooting. He heard someone knock on the door, then Rivers asked who was there, and then there was a gunshot.

After the gunshot, the resident heard Rivers hit the floor and then heard talking, after which he heard someone running away. The resident stayed in the bathroom during the entire incident and called 911.

When reached by telephone the resident of the apartment said he didn't want to make a comment on the story.

Other witnesses told police they saw three men run from the apartment and get into a teal green Volkswagen Jetta driven by a fourth man who then drove away. Robinson said he didn't know what role the other three men had in the shooting.

Police found a shell casing at the scene.

This is the fifth homicide investigated by Clayton County police this year, not including the officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday, Robinson said. Three of the homicides were shootings, one was a strangling and another was by auto.

The city of Riverdale is also investigating the shooting death of 4-year-old Trevon Wilson who was killed by a stray bullet from a gang shootout at a Riverdale park on June 6.

By this time last year the county police department had investigated eight homicides.