Fayetteville resident Tyrek Oneil Armstrong was found guilty of Armed Robbery and a drug charge on Monday afternoon after a jury deliberated on the case for several hours on Friday and again Monday morning.
Stemming from an incident that took place on Dec. 12, 2014 in the parking lot of the Weatherly Walk apartment complex on the east side of Fayetteville, Armstrong was accused of Party to the Crime of Armed Robbery, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act (Counterfeit Substance).
During closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney David McDade said the armed robbery took place during a late-night marijuana deal, which is an illegal activity, but he urged the jury to not think the victim “got what he deserved,” asking them to focus on the idea that the victim didn’t deserved to be robbed at gunpoint and then kicked out of the car while being verbally humiliated.
Public Defense Attorney Arjun Nair, who along with Public Defense Attorney David Studdard represents Armstrong in the case, said in his closing arguments, “It’s a bad investigation based on an unreliable report.” Nair was referring to the alleged victim’s testimony, which he said “is not enough” and needed to be corroborated. He further argued that Armstrong’s cell phone activity log showed Armstrong sending and receiving multiple phone calls during the minutes before and after midnight that the armed robbery was reported to have taken place.
McDade countered that corroboration is not actually required in the case of witnesses, and he also showed the jury a large printout of that cell phone record and noted that it shows there were no phone calls placed or received during those minutes the armed robbery was reported to have taken place.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s editions of Fayette County News and Today in Peachtree City.