Police arrest suspect in murder of gay Decatur man

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A suspect in the June shooting death of Trey Peters has been arrested and DeKalb police have issued warrants for a second suspect.

Joshua Ellis, 21, (photo left) 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. 

DeKalb police have also issued arrest warrants for a second suspect in Peters' death. That suspect hasn't been caught, Spencer said.

“We have also obtained warrants for murder on Shaleeya Moore [photo center], who is not in custody,” Spencer said. “There is still one unknown suspect [photo right] who is not in custody.”

Authorities aren't sure when DeKalb police will be able to take Ellis into custody.

“Regarding when he will be transferred to DeKalb, I believe he has to answer to those charges in Clayton first,” Spencer said.

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office did not return a call from Project Q Atlanta asking about Ellis’s arrest and transfer to DeKalb for the Peters murder.

DeKalb police released photos of the three suspects on June 21. The three are wanted for allegedly gunning down Peters on June 4 as he walked to a MARTA station in Decatur. 

Witnesses said two men drove up and demanded that Peters, 28, give up his backpack. They yelled homophobic slurs before shooting Peters twice and fleeing in a maroon four-door truck. One witness said there was “at least” a third suspect, who drove the vehicle.

DeKalb police labeled it a “hate-motivated” crime on the incident report.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Moore or the identity of the third suspect should contact DeKalb police at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.


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