On Thursday night, Arnold, his girlfriend and another friend were on a bike trail in the Kirkwood community when shots were fired during the attempted robbery, Atlanta police said. The trio had planned to take pictures of graffiti on the trail when they were approached by two men, according to police.
Xavier Arnold, a 21-year-old U.S. Army soldier shot in the head Dec. 26, 2013, during an apparent robbery attempt, died, police said.
The suspects shot Arnold in the head and his friend in the leg as Arnold’s girlfriend watched, police said. Both men were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, but Arnold did not survive his injuries.
A female companion who was walking with the two men on a nearby trail, was not injured in the 5:30 p.m. incident, Sgt. Greg Lyon, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman, said.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A jury has found both defendants guilty in the trial of a then 14-year-old and 20-year-old accused of murdering an Army reservist.
Prosecutors said Xavier Arnold was shot and killed while walking along a bike trail in Kirkwood in 2013.
Wainwright was 14 and Qutravius Palmer was 20 when they attempted to rob Arnold, his girlfriend, Xenia Aims, and friend Ibrahim Sanusi.
When Arnold resisted, Wainwright shot him in the head and his friend in the leg.
A jury found both men guilty on 23 of the 24 counts they faced.
Wainwright and Palmer were sentenced Tuesday morning to three life sentences plus 15 years.
Aims testified in the trial, describing the day Arnold was killed.
Aims said Wainwright shot Arnold in the head and took off, with Palmer right behind him.