Fulton County Grand Jury indicts Six in Grant Park, Benteen Park Home Invasions and Va.-Highland Murder
90-count indictment chronicles violent crime spree that occurred between Oct. 19 and Nov. 27 of last year
Six men charged in a 4-week string of violent crimes that left Atlantans feeling under seige last fall were indicted by a Fulton County grand jury Friday.
The six, who are alleged members of the so-called "Jack Boys" gang face a host of charges in the 90-count indictment, including the Nov. 22 murder and armed robbery of Charles Boyer in Virginia-Highland, a home invasion and rape in Grant Park, a home invasion in Benteen Park and six carjackings.
The six men named in the indictment are:
• Tamario Wise, 18
• Raphael Cross, 22
• Whitney McCoy, 18
• Octavious Porter, 20
• Robert Veal, 17
•Fernandez Whatley, 20
Wise, whom police described as the ringleader, faces the bulk of the charges, with 89 counts against him, including: one count of murder, two counts of felony murder, one count each of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and 17 counts of armed robbery.
Cross and Veal were also indicted on the murder charges.
Wise, Veal and Cross were also charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and rape.
Boyer, 39, was gunned down by three masked gunmen Nov. 22 as he and his girlfriend headed toward her apartment.
That same night, police said Wise spearheaded the home invasion and rape of a Grant Park woman and a subsequent home invasion in Benteen Park Nov. 27.
The violent nature of four-week crime spree left residents of the Virginia Highland, Grant Park, Ormewood Park, Old Fourth Ward and Benteen Park neighborhoods reeling from terror and demanding action from Atlanta police.
The department, which has been waging a public relations battle to convince Atlantans crime is not out of control, was under pressure to solve the case quickly. They charged Wise and two of the men in the murder and rape and home invasions, Dec. 22.
The case, which will be prosecuted by the Fulton County District Attorney's gang unit, will be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court judge and scheduled for trial.