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Man, 21, who spent three years in jail awaiting triple murder trial was in ‘wrong place, wrong time’

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A Georgia man who spent three years in jail after a ‘drug deal gone wrong’ left three dead was released on Wednesday after a jury found him not guilty of a staggering 21 felonies.

Demarrius Adams, 21, had been looking to buy $10 worth of marijuana in 2016 when he was caught in a deadly crossfire at the Embarcadero Club Apartments in Atlanta – a decision that nearly cost him his freedom and his life, Adams’ attorney Kenneth Sheppard said Wednesday.

Adams, just 18 at the time, was arrested alongside two other 18-year-olds, Shannon Jabril White and Albert Roberto Mayes, after a drug deal went south and a hail of gunfire followed.

Sheppard told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that none of the three men would testify in court, but each made statements about the other suspects.

‘There was so much evidence that he went there to purchase $10 worth of marijuana,’ Sheppard said. ‘After the purchase [of the marijuana], an event starts that he wasn’t a part of.’

Demarrius Adams, 21, had been looking to buy $10 worth of marijuana in 2016 when he was caught in the deadly crossfire at the Embarcadero Club Apartments in Atlanta – a decision that nearly cost him his freedom and his life, Adams’ attorney Kenneth Sheppard said Wednesday

Demarrius Adams, 21, had been looking to buy $10 worth of marijuana in 2016 when he was caught in the deadly crossfire at the Embarcadero Club Apartments in Atlanta – a decision that nearly cost him his freedom and his life, Adams’ attorney Kenneth Sheppard said Wednesday

Shannon Jabril White

Albert Roberto Mayes

Adams, just 18 at the time, was arrested alongside two other 18-year-olds, (left to right) Shannon Jabril White and Albert Roberto Mayes, after a drug deal went south and led to an exchange of gunfire.

The shooting at the apartment on the 2200 block of Sullivan Road killed Dtris Owens, Brandon Chevis and Bobby Humphrey, while Adams was shot but survived.

Responding officers found Chevis dead in the living room, while Humphrey was found dead in the kitchen and Owens was found dead inside a bedroom. A black AK-47 was found in a bedroom near Owens’ body, police said at the time. 

Adams was rushed to the Grady Memorial Hospital to undergo multiple surgeries before he was booked into jail, where he would remain for another 1,181 days.

After an initial investigation, police accused Adams and Owen – who both lived at the complex – of shooting each other, while Humphrey and White were believed to have shot Chevis.

Meanwhile Meyes was accused of waiting in a vehicle after the shooting.

Authorities recovered a .38 caliber round, two 9mm pistols and a 7.62 assault rifle at the scene.

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Adams was accused of possessing one of the pistols, but Sheppard argued his client had nothing to do with the shoot-out, citing ballistic evidence that proved Adams couldn’t have pulled the trigger.

‘He went there to buy marijuana, and then another person in the room, who is now deceased, and the drug dealer, who is now deceased, got into a gun battle,’ Sheppard told AJC. 

‘A security guy at the door also got into it … it was just a horrible thing that we lose young people to this type of violence.’

The shooting at the Embarcadero Club Apartments (right) in the 2200 block of Sullivan Road killed Dtris Owens, Brandon Chevis  and Bobby Humphrey, while Adams was shot but survived

Responding officers found Chevis (above) dead in the living room, while Humphrey was found dead in the kitchen and Owens was found dead inside a bedroom. A black AK-47 was found in a bedroom near Owens' body, police said at the time.

Brandon Chevis

Responding officers found Brandon Chevis (above) dead in the living room, while Humphrey was found dead in the kitchen and Owens was found dead inside a bedroom. A black AK-47 was found in a bedroom near Owens’ body, police said at the time.

Adams was the first of the three men to go to trial, and on Tuesday a jury found him not guilty of 21 out of 22 felony counts, which included three counts of murder.

Before his acquittal, Adams faced up to four consecutive life sentences plus 30 years in prison.

In the end, however, he was only found guilty of purchasing marijuana, for which Sheppard openly admitted to the jury and he was given time served in jail plus a year on probation.

Sheppard commended the jury’s ruling, insisting he believes they got it right.

Meanwhile, White and Mayes are still awaiting trial. They each face the same 22 felony charges, including three counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of armed robbery.

It’s unclear when either of the men will go to trial. They have both been behind bars 1,211 days without bond.

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