Police have arrested a man in the kidnapping and murder of a DeKalb County couple that happened in August. And officials said the 40-year-old man was recently released from prison for killing a woman and an infant when he was only 15.
Andre Cleveland Gay was booked into the Fulton County jail Friday morning on multiple counts of kidnapping, murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with intent to commit murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to booking records.
Almost eight hours later at 11 a.m. he was denied bond in his first court appearance, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said. His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 in Fulton Superior Court, Flanagan said. Gay was charged in the deadly shooting of Jeronta Brown, 23, and his pregnant girlfriend, 21-year-old Briana Brooks, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said. But he declined to comment on how investigators linked Gay to the crime.
Police expect to make at least one more arrest, according to Channel 2 Action News.
The couple was kidnapped around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 30 when they were returning to their home on Colleen Drive in Decatur, according to DeKalb County police. Two men dressed in black and pretending to be federal agents approached them before they got to their door, placed them in handcuffs and forced them into a van, police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said previously.
Brown’s 14-year-old sister was outside, holding the couple’s 8-month-old daughter, when the two were taken, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She heard the men say they were FBI and saw them handcuff Brown and Brooks and force them into a brown van that sped away, the paper reported.
Shortly after they were abducted, one of the suspects called the home from Brown’s cell phone to demand $150,000 in ransom from his family, Fore said. About four hours after the couple was taken, the two were found 17 miles away on Rdige Avenue in northwest Atlanta, police said. Both had been shot in the head, they said.
Brooks, while on life support at Grady, gave birth to a daughter, who was not due for another two months, police said. The young mother was taken off life support on Sept. 5, police said. As the investigation continued, family and friends of the victims pooled their money to offer a $20,000 reward in the case, according to media reports.
It’s unclear when in the investigation that police developed Gay as a suspect and why. Gay was released from state prison earlier this year following a 1992 murder conviction, Channel 2 reported. According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Gay was released from Phillips State Prison on parole in late January after serving nearly 22 years of a life sentence, media reports show.
Gay was convicted in 1992 for the November, 1990 shooting deaths of Cathy Dozier, 39, and 18-month-old Michael Broughton, according to media reports. The two were killed by shots fired through the door of an apartment in the McDaniel-Glenn housing project in southwest Atlanta.