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Serial killer pleads guilty to two murders, including Decatur killing

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Serial killer pleads guilty to two murders, including Decatur killing

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

This story has been updated. 

Aeman Presley has pleaded guilty to two murders, including the killing of  Karen Pearce, a hair stylist from Smyrna who was shot in downtown Decatur on Dec. 6, 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to the murder of a homeless man, Calvin Gholston. He’s been accused of murdering two other homeless men  in Fulton County:  Dorian Jenkins and Tommy Mims. He initially pleaded not guilty to Pearce’s murder.

He has been sentence to life without parole for the two DeKalb County murders.

“His actions were monstrous and had severe consequences on the lives of several individuals,” DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a press release. “Although he accepted responsibility for his actions, when a person commits crimes this terrible, he deserves to go to prison for the rest of his life.”

Pearce, 44, was leaving a restaurant in downtown Decatur when she was gunned down. For days police said very little about their investigation into who killed Pearce. A few days later, a MARTA police officer arrested Presley 34. While in police custody, Presley allegedly confessed to Pearce’s murder.

Here is the full press release from the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office:

DECATUR, GA – Accused serial killer Aeman L. Presley was sentenced Monday to two life sentences without the possibility for parole for killing a Decatur hair dresser and a homeless DeKalb man.

Presley, 35, pleaded guilty to all charges connected to the Sept. 26, 2014 shooting death of Calvin Lewis Gholston and the Dec. 6, 2014 robbery and shooting death of Karen Pearce.

“His actions were monstrous and had severe consequences on the lives of several individuals,” DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said. “Although he accepted responsibility for his actions, when a person commits crimes this terrible, he deserves to go to prison for the rest of his life.”

Presley was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony for Gholston’s death. He was charged with malice murder, multiple counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and armed robbery for Pearce’s death.

Presley initially pleaded not guilty to accusations that he murdered Pearce. And he is currently charged with murder in two other unrelated Fulton County homicides.

He will be turned over to the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve out his sentence.

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