Two gang members who beat and shot two young women to death before going to a club to party four years ago are finally going to pay for the crime.
A DeKalb County jury found Demetre “Flame” Mason and Frankland “Bad News” Henderson, who are members of the 9 Trey Bloods gang, guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, violation of the street gang terrorism and prevention act, and weapons offenses.
Mason, 24, and Henderson, 25, were found guilty April 26 in the May 19, 2014, double homicides that occurred outside the Walden Pond townhomes off Snapfinger Road in Decatur.
They and a third gang member, Michael “Slim” Jenkins, will be sentenced at a later date by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter.
The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said the victims, 20-year-old Shaniqua Camacho and 21-year-old Sonia Williams, were killed because they offended Mason and Henderson’s gang boss.
The women, who had accompanied the two men earlier that day to a nearby home, got into a verbal argument with other gang members.
Williams, who was dating Mason at the time, allegedly called gang boss Malcolm “Dot” Brown by a derogatory name.
An enraged Brown allegedly ordered Williams and Camacho dead, even though Camacho did not know any of the gang members and was only there as Williams’ friend.
Mason, Henderson and other gang members beat the two women, who fled on foot. They and Jenkins chased the women in a car around 4 a.m.
The DA’s Office said April 26 that after locating the victims inside the parking lot of an apartment complex, “Henderson and Mason exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots, fatally wounding the women.”
A resident of Walden Pond on Shellbark Road, who was leaving for work, found the women’s bodies shortly after 6 a.m. After an investigation, police arrested Mason on May 30, 2014, and Henderson on June 10.
Jenkins, 24, was also arrested June 10, 2014. He was convicted of aggravated assault and violation of the street gang terrorism and prevention act for his role in the crime.
At trial, Camacho’s father Miguel said he was unnerved to hear testimony about how the gang members acted after the murders.
Mason vomited and cried while Henderson bragged. They both then went to a club.
“When I heard this, I was thinking these guys are subhuman,” Camacho, who lives in Savannah, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 26.
Mason, Henderson and Jenkins will be sentenced at a later date by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter.
Brown, who was arrested on July 11, 2014, for his alleged involvement in the double homicide, will be prosecuted separately. His trial date has not yet been set.
The case against Mason, Henderson and Jenkins was prosecuted by senior assistant district attorneys Buffy Thomas and Dwayne Brown, with assistance from DA investigator Waine Pinckney.
Detective M.S. McLendon of the DeKalb County Police Department led the initial investigation.