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(Update) Suspected serial killer faces arraignment on Decatur murder charge

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(Update) Suspected serial killer faces arraignment on Decatur murder charge

Aeman Lovel Presley. Photo provided by Atlanta INtown
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Aeman Lovel Presley. Photo provided by Atlanta INtown

Aeman Lovel Presley. Photo provided by Atlanta INtown

Aeman Presley, a suspected serial killer accused of murdering four people, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges related to the shooting death of a woman in Decatur, according to the AJC.

The AJC reports the 34-year-old appeared before DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams to answer charges that he killed Karen Pearce in Decatur on Dec. 6. He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with Pearce’s death.

He faces similar charges in relation to the deaths of three other homeless men: Calvin Gholston, murdered on Sept. 27, Dorian Jenkins, murdered on Nov. 23, and Tommy Mims, murdered on Nov. 26. Presley reportedly confessed to the murders in interviews with investigators. In April, he pleaded “not guilty” to Gholston’s murder.

The AJC says a tentative date of February 29, 2016 was set for Presley’s trial in relation to Gholston’s death.

Presley did not speak during Wednesday’s arraignment, but pleaded not guilty through his attorneys. You can read the entire AJC article here.

According to the Associated Press, Pearce’s murder is the only one that Presley regrets, and he decided to stop killing after that in order to pursue his acting career. Police say that on the night of Dec. 6 Karen Pearce, 44, of Smyrna, Ga., left a local restaurant and was walking close to where her vehicle was parked. A witness reported hearing a gunshot in the area before Pearce’s body was discovered near a parking deck near One Decatur Town Center.

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