Stone Mountain shooter gets life in prison

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced on Nov. 14 that an Atlanta man convicted by jury trail of shooting and killing a man in a Stone Mountain motel was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 35 years.

According to a news release, a jury found 40-year-old Asa Seeley guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana stemming from the incident.

According to the investigation, officers with DeKalb County Police Department responded to a motel on Memorial Drive around 10 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2021, after a call about a person shot. The news release states that investigators found the victim, James Morton Jr., 50, dead in the hallway with multiple bullet wounds in his back.

Investigators stated that in surveillance video, Morton was seen walking in the hallway to Seeley’s motel room. Morton allegedly shook hands with someone inside the room and began to walk away, but then the video showed Seeley leaving the room and stop Morton.

The two appeared to have been having an argument when Seeley pulled out a gun and pointed it at Morton, whom police said was unarmed. Police said that as Morton tried to back away, he was shot by Seeley who also shot him in the back as he ran away.

The surveillance video also showed Seeley return to his room before leaving the motel in a gold Acura, according to police. The news release states that the same gold Acura was seen the next day by Chamblee police officers who then arrested Seeley – finding a rental agreement for the motel room and several plastic bags of drugs in the car.

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