Two defendants expected to testify against four others in Forest Park shooting death

JONESBORO — Three of six defendants charged in what is believed to be a gang-related murder are expected to testify for the state when the case starts this week.

Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Katie Powers said Quandala Nicole Kilgore, 23, of Atlanta, Parris Lavajie Stready, 19, of Atlanta and Sierra Samone Gilliam, 19, of Forest Park are expected to testify against three others in the Aug. 2, 2012, shooting of Tavares Shanzes Moses.

Powers said the three pleaded guilty to lesser charges and will be sentenced after they testify truthfully against the other three.

Moses, 31, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment and was taken off life support Aug. 6.

Three co-defendants are expected to go to trial this week after motions are heard and a jury is seated, said Powers. They are Kyshawn Williams, 22, of Atlanta, Larry Eugene Lupoe, 27, of Forest Park and Jacobey Sean Carter, 25, of Lithia Springs. Jury selection started Tuesday morning.

All six are being held in the Clayton County Jail.

Powers said Williams, Carter and Lupoe are members of Pittsburgh Jack City Boys, a violent Atlanta street gang. Some members were arrested in May and charged with a brutal attack on a gay man on an Atlanta street. Other members were indicted in the shooting death of another Atlanta man in November 2010.

The three women are alleged prostitutes, said police.

Powers said that Williams and Carter are suspects in a Sept. 7 Fulton County murder. However, Williams’ criminal history extends to August 2007 when he was of high school age and arrested for robbery by snatching in Atlanta, she said. Two months later, Williams was charged in a fight at school with members of a rival gang.

In January 2008, Williams was arrested for obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property. Powers said he pleaded guilty in Fulton County and got 15 years on probation. While serving probation, Williams was arrested for theft by taking in Fulton County in October 2010 and burglary in Rockdale County in August 2011.

A year after the Rockdale burglary, Williams is alleged to have shot Moses. Police said Moses was lured to his death by the three women who knew he had money.

In a warrant issued to Forest Park police Detective Sgt. Jessica Raley, Kilgore is accused of texting Moses a proposition for her and two women to have sex with him and two men for $100. Raley said Kilgore and the women went to the Home Lodge on Old Dixie Highway in Forest Park Aug. 2, 2012, about 3 a.m.

Witness Deandre Miller reportedly told police that he opened the door to find the three women and three unknown masked men. Miller allegedly told police the three men demanded money and went through his pockets and the pockets of the other occupants of the room — Moses, Jumario Booker and Carlos Wilson.

The warrant alleges that one of the masked men fired six times, hitting Moses twice in the chest. The six intruders fled the area in a vehicle, said police.

Powers said the shooter was Williams, who was allegedly wearing a hockey mask similar to one worn by a character, Jason Voorhees, in the “Friday the 13th” series of movies. Powers said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found saliva inside the mask that was left at the scene and matched the DNA to Williams.

When Kilgore made her first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court, she cried and told the judge she’d rather be charged with prostitution than murder.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.