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Report: Police arrest suspect in hate-motivated shooting of gay man

Crime and public safety Metro ATL

Report: Police arrest suspect in hate-motivated shooting of gay man

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Joshua Ellis. Photo provided by DeKalb County Police.


Project Q reports that a suspect in the June 4 murder of a gay man, Ronald Trey Peters, has been arrested.

The crime is believed to be motivated by bigotry. According to the police report, the suspects used homophobic language during the murder. The police report says Peters was harassed over his sexuality a week before the crime.

The murder occurred at 3444 Orchard Circle.

Project Q says that, “Joshua Ellis, 21, is in custody in the Clayton County Jail and has been charged in Peters’ death, according to Sgt. Jacque Spencer of the DeKalb County Police Department. Atlanta police arrested Ellis at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on June 6. He’s being held on three charges – aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and armed robbery – from an unrelated case, according to jail records.”

Police have taken out warrants on a second suspect, Project Q reported.

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