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Riverdale police make more arrests

By Ed Brock

Riverdale police have made two more arrests in connection with the gang shootout that led to a 4-year-old's death.

Officers with the task force investigating the June 6 shooting arrested Emmanuel Christopher and Cori Davis, both 19 and both from Conyers at their homes between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, Riverdale Police spokeswoman Myisha Callaway said.

Christopher and Davis have been charged with aggravated assault. Two other suspects, 22-year-old Deontrez Williams and 16-year-old Xavious Cerdera Taylor, have been charged with felony murder in the incident in which Trevon Wilson was killed by a stray bullet from what police have called a gunfight between rival gangs.

Members of the task force include officers from the Riverdale and Clayton County police departments as well as agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Wilson and his grandmother were walking near Riverdale Park on Church Street when the shootout began. In testimony given at a preliminary hearing for Williams and Taylor last week, members of the task force said that the shootout was between Williams and Taylor and members of a gang called the Southside Mafia.

Williams, who GBI Special Agent Sam Baity called the leader of a gang called the Hit Squad, was at the park to meet with the leader of the Southside Mafia in order to stop a fight between Williams' cousin and a member of the Southside Mafia. As Williams and Taylor pulled into the park in a car they encountered around 30 members of the Southside Mafia standing near the woods at the edge of the park and gunfire erupted between them.

"(Christopher and Davis) are two of the suspects who were down there (at the wood line) also," Callaway said.

No weapons were seized in Monday night's search of Christopher and Davis' homes. In their testimony Baity and GBI Special Agent Kelli Bowles said that they believed the shot that killed Wilson came from a long-barreled gun, like a rifle, and was fired from the direction of the woods where the members of the Southside Mafia are believed to have been standing.

Bowles said that witnesses who were interviewed in the case saw a rifle among the weapons used by the Southside Mafia.

Callaway said more arrests are pending in the case.

In last week's preliminary hearing Magistrate Judge Gloria Reed dropped a felony murder charge against another person, 18-year-old Jenario Clayton of Riverdale, after deciding there was no evidence showing that he fired a shot in the fight.