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Conviction, but no answers, in murder of Decatur man

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Conviction, but no answers, in murder of Decatur man

Gerard Foster. Source: Go Fund Me
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Gerard Foster. Source: Go Fund Me

This story has been updated. 

Gerard Foster, a church deacon, was fatally shot in the head, neck and chest on July 6, 2016 while he was in the breezeway of his apartment complex. The shooting occurred in the Allen Wilson Apartments owned by the Decatur Housing Authority.

One of the three suspects arrested has been convicted of Foster’s murder. The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office announced that Jacob Pyne, 24, was convicted of Foster’s murder. He was also convicted of aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Two other people – Christonya Section and Kimberly Sharice Coley – were arrested in connection with the crime. Section will be tried at a later date. Based on the evidence Coley was ultimately not indicted and was a witness called by the prosecution, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Foster, a deacon at Living Water Baptist Church, left behind a wife and seven children, according to his obituary. The family may never have an answer about why Pyne shot Foster.

“According to the investigation, there was no clear motive for Foster’s murder,” the District Attorney’s Office said. “Investigators believe the Defendant simply lashed out at the victim as he passed him on the apartment steps.”

Pyne was later arrested in Tennessee. He will be sentenced on July 26.

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