Guilty: Defendants in Kirkwood bike trail murder case sentenced to life in prison

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 19, 2015
A mourner holds up a photo of X'avier Arnold during a remembrance ceremony on Dec. 26. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A mourner holds up a photo of X’avier Arnold during a remembrance ceremony on Dec. 26. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A jury has convicted and sentenced two men charged with killing a U.S. Army reservist in on a bike trail Kirkwood in 2013.

According to WSB-TV, jurors found Qutravius Palmer and Zion Wainwright guilty of the crime and sentenced both to life in prison. To read the full story, click here.

Prosecutors say in December 2013 Wainwright, then 14, and Palmer, then 20, killed X’avier Arnold as he was walking with his girlfriend and another friend on a bike trail near the Pullman Yard. Arnold, a U.S. Army reservist enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design, fought back and was shot dead by one of the suspects.

The case enraged Kirkwood. Many resident still have signs with an “X” on them, displayed as a reminder of the crime. The case against the two men ran into problems early. Arnold’s friend and a witness to the crime, Ibrahim Sanusi, drowned in Lake Lanier over the summer. The detective in the case became gravely ill, resulting in a postponement of the trial date.

The trial finally got underway this month.

At a remembrance for Arnold held in December of 2014, Roy Cochran, Arnold’s grandfather, told Decaturish, “He was a good kid. He wouldn’t take nothing from anybody. He made his own way.”


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