A jealous boyfriend killed the person he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. But it turned out the victim was just a ride-share driver.
Now, the shooter will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Recently, a judge in Georgia sentenced De’monte Anderson, 37, to life in prison for killing 58-year-old Dwayne Roberts. A jury convicted Anderson of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.
On Oct. 27, 2019, Roberts was shot and killed while in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in an apartment parking lot, according to prosecutors.
Before the shooting, the victim met Anderson’s girlfriend at a convenience store. Roberts was an off-duty ride-share driver and the woman had been in a fight and needed medical care.
Roberts offered to drive her to a hospital after dropping her vehicle off at her apartment complex, prosecutors said.
Roberts waited outside as she gathered her belongings. But Anderson confronted her and accused her of having an affair with Roberts. She denied the allegations.
After putting her belongings in a nearby car, Anderson’s girlfriend heard two gunshots and saw Roberts learning out of his vehicle, according to prosecutors.
Anderson then hit his girlfriend in the mouth and said, “don’t make me kill you too,” prosecutors noted.
The killer fled the scene after the shooting. Roberts was taken to the hospital but did not survive his injuries.
About a month after the shooting, Anderson was arrested in Decatur, Georgia, without incident, prosecutors said. While awaiting trial, Anderson made several calls to his girlfriend to ask her not to testify.
Prosecutors also said they found evidence that Anderson planned to kill his girlfriend before the trial.
After the jury handed down its verdict, the judge sentenced Anderson to life in prison plus five years.