Ballistics don't match suspect's gun

By Ed Brock

A ballistics test shows that a 14-year-old Forest Park girl was not killed with one of two guns belonging to murder suspect Quadarrion Nelson.

But police say that doesn't clear him of murder charges in the April 22 shooting death of Krystal Williams at a birthday party on Conley Drive.

"He admitted shooting into the crowd at the time," Clayton County Assistant Police Chief Jeff Turner said.

Nelson and his co-defendants, 15-year-old Ricardo Pinder of Forest Park also charged with murder and aggravated assault, Roderick Lamar Didone, 17, of Forest Park who is charged with false report of a crime and Devin Brandon Mashburn of Morrow, also 17, charged with tampering with evidence, were supposedly at the party where Williams lost her life.

On the night of the shooting several fights broke out at the party. The hostess was sending the partygoers home when somebody began firing shots into the air.

Turner said that following that Nelson, who was in a car with the other defendants, began firing through the sunroof of the car with a .380 caliber handgun. He then sat back down in the car and Pinder gave him a 9 mm gun.

At that point a round hit Williams in the head and she died the next day from the wound.

But Turner said there is a third gun that may have been used in the shooting and may have fired the fatal shot.

"(Nelson and the others) threw three guns from the car," Turner said. "We recovered two and the third is still missing."

Nelson's attorney Bruce Harvey has moved that his client's indictment on the murder charge be dropped and said the Clayton County District Attorney's Office failed to include the ballistics report when releasing evidence to Harvey's office on July 7.

"They had the results by June 30," Harvey said.

Harvey said he is waiting for the judge in the case to return from a convention in order to rule on the motion for dismissal or for a bond to be set for Nelson.

"The guy's sitting in jail without a bond for a crime he didn't commit," Harvey said.

Clayton County District Attorney Jewel Scott did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment.