A Decatur man has been convicted and sentenced in the death of two people in Atlanta on Sept. 5, 2010.
Jurors returned guilty verdicts late Friday against Derrick Burden, 24, on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and weapons offenses in connection with the shooting deaths of Calvin Streater, 26, and Samuel Blizzard, Jr., 21.
The men were shot and killed inside the Richmond Circle townhome where they were staying during Black Gay Pride weekend.
According to the investigation, Burden met Streater earlier in the day at a convenience store and visited with him at the townhome for a few hours.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. said Burden returned later that evening to rob and kill the victims.
Shortly after the murders, Burden was briefly detained by homeowners in a nearby subdivision who found him suspiciously lurking on their property. When police arrived, Burden fled the scene leaving behind a bag containing a laptop which police later determined was stolen from Blizzard.
The bag also contained a gun, which was later determined to be the murder weapon. DNA from a cigarette butt at the murder scene also linked Burden to the crime. He was arrested following a positive identification in a photographic line-up.
Streater was visiting town from North Carolina to celebrate Black Gay Pride weekend with friends. Blizzard was temporarily living at the townhome with his cousin - one of the residents who returned home to the tragic crime scene.
Burden was sentenced to two life terms without parole.
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