Monday, June 18, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of Tunde Kevin Alatise, one of the three Gwinnett teenagers arrested in 2006 after a string of armed robberies ended in murder.
Alatise and two accomplices, all 16 years old at the time, were arrested July 13, 2006, five days after Aurelio Mendoza-Garcia was fatally shot while sitting in his car at the Bristol Court Apartments in Norcross. A tip from one of the suspect's sisters led police to execute search warrants on all three teens' homes.
Items seized from those locations tied the trio to approximately 15 additional armed robberies in the Norcross area. Investigators said at the time that Alatise and his two accomplices -- Jovon Lamar Nicholson and Richard Williams Shugart -- targeted Hispanic men, and often intoxicated ones in low-lit areas.
Mendoza-Garcia, the murder victim, was shot just below the left should while he sat in his car talking on a cellphone. He died within an hour of being transported to the hospital.
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld Alatise's murder conviction and life sentence this week.