Decatur man gets life for killing roommate

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced a conviction by jury trial on July 3 in the case of a man accused of shooting his roommate in a dispute over the same gun that killed the victim.

Jurors found Zakariya Wildman, 25, guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony stemming from the death of Kali Winston, 28.

According to the investigation, officers from the DeKalb County Police Department responded to a call of a person shot at a home in the 1400 block of Meadowlark Drive in unincorporated Decatur on Jan. 12, 2023.

Residents of the home told officers that their roommate, Wildman, had purchased a gun the same morning and shot targets in the backyard of the home that evening, a news release states.

The roommates told officers that the victim, Winston, confronted Wildman about his actions, and a verbal dispute quickly escalated to a physical fight.

Wildman, who reportedly had a black eye after the fight was over, walked to his room and retrieved his gun, states the news release.

“One roommate ran for help. The other roommate, Winston’s girlfriend, watched as [Wildman] walked into the living room and shot her boyfriend in the chest,” the news release states. Wildman fled the scene on foot; Winston succumbed to his injuries.

Wildman was reportedly found walking in the neighborhood and apprehended without incident. He claimed to have shot Winston in self-defense, despite admitting that the fight had ended, according to the news release.

DeKalb County Senior Judge Alan Harvey, who presided over the trial, sentenced Wildman to serve life in prison.

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