Photo by Heather Middleton
By Mehgaan Jones
A Clayton County Superior Court jury found a 24-year-old man guilty on charges of murder, aggravated assault, and weapon possession during the commission of a crime, in the 2009 slaying of Brian Patterson at a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant, in Morrow.
According to Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Dixon, the verdict was announced in the trial of Anthony Idris Bostic, Wednesday morning.
Dixon prosecuted the case, along with Assistant District Attorney Caroline Owings.
"There is no sentence [for Bostic] yet," said Dixon. He added that Bostic would receive, at least, a life sentence, for the murder of Patterson, who was 25 at the time he was killed.
Information regarding when Bostic would be sentenced was unavailable, Wednesday.
The trial, which began Monday, was presided over by Clayton County Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons. The defendant's attorney, Malcolm Wells, could not be reached for comment, on Wednesday.
According to a Clayton County arrest warrant, Anthony Bostic -- with the alleged assistance of Eric Matthews, who reportedly drove the getaway car -- fired five rounds out of the driver's side window of the car, on April 13, 2009.
"One round struck Brian Patterson in the chest, killing him," the warrant states.
According to Bill Dixon, Patterson ran around to the side of the restaurant -- and when his body was discovered, a handgun was found on the scene.
"[Bostic] claimed self-defense, saying that he thought he [Patterson] was going after him," Dixon added.
Dixon said that the defendant, co-defendant and victim knew each other, and had prior disputes.
According to a previous report in the Clayton News Daily, a customer, Quantavius Robinson, was also a victim of the shooting. He was ordering pizza at the counter inside the restaurant when bullets came through the window, and at least one of them struck him in the foot.
"Matthews then drove away at a high rate of speed, and left the area," the arrest warrant states.
Originally, authorities thought that Eric Matthews' brother, Darnell Matthews, was the suspect, because of false statements given by two women, who are connected to the co-defendant, Dixon said. He added that the two women will not go to trial.
Eric Matthews, however, is awaiting trial for his alleged role in the murder of Patterson, according to Dixon.