RIVERDALE — A botched home burglary left the victim dead and his accused killers in jail, charged with murder.
A Clayton County grand jury indicted Denirio Perrell Cunningham and Joseph Irvine Harris on murder and burglary charges Wednesday.
Riverdale Police Investigator A. Powell said in the arrest warrants for Cunningham and Harris, the men broke into a Brooks Crossing Apartment, located at 8050 Taylor Road in Riverdale, on June 14. The victim’s family was inside the apartment during the home invasion.
Police said Cunningham, 20, and Harris, 23, intended to steal flat-screen televisions when they broke into the apartment of David Herman Rucker II, 25.
Rucker fought with one of the intruders, Cunningham, before he was fatally shot, said Powell in the arrest warrant.
“[Cunningham] shot Rucker in the chest after [Rucker] tried to get [Cunningham] to leave,” according to the arrest warrant.
Investigators said Rucker was shot with a .40- or .45-caliber handgun.
Two of Rucker’s children were in the apartment at the time of the attempted burglary, according to the indictment.
“Harris and Cunningham ... did maliciously cause [the children] under 18 years, cruel and excessive mental pain by shooting the [children’s] father while [they] could hear it,” the indictment added.
Police learned after the shooting Cunningham, Harris and an unidentified driver went to Cunningham’s home located at 7892 West Shore Court in Riverdale.
“[That is] where it is believed that [the] weapon was stashed,” according to the warrant.
Police said on June 19, they learned that Cunningham, whose street name is “D-Red,” admitted that he shot Rucker.
Cunningham and Harris were indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, burglary, four counts of aggravated assault, three counts of false imprisonment, criminal trespass and two counts of cruelty to children.
Cunningham was indicted on additional charges, including six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.