Trial starts in slaying tied to tax argument
by Lindsay Field
April 16, 2013 12:31 AM | 3084 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jerry Wayne Lovings
Jerry Wayne Lovings
A murder trial began Monday in Marietta for a homeless man accused of killing an Austell man two years ago over what a witness said was an argument about his taxes.

Jerry Wayne Lovings, 57, is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Jonathan Samuel Brooks on May 18, 2011, at a computer repair store in a strip mall on Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton.

Lovings was indicted in August 2011 on malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. If convicted, Lovings faces life without parole.

According to the arrest warrant, Lovings went into the store where Brooks was working and started arguing with the store’s owner over money.

Lovings then left the store for about 30 minutes. When he returned, he spoke to Brooks.

Another argument erupted, and that’s when Lovings allegedly pulled a pistol out of his backpack and began shooting Brooks.

In an attempt to escape, Brooks ran to a neighboring store in the strip mall. Lovings caught up to him in the back of the business and then fired at least five more shots at Brooks, who was taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital where he died from his injuries.

After the shooting, Lovings called 911 and told the dispatcher that he shot a man and was waiting for police.

Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans, who is the state prosecutor on the case, said a witness told police Brooks may have referred Lovings to someone to do his taxes.

Jury selection for the trial began Monday, and Cobb Superior Court Judge Greg Poole is presiding.

Marietta attorney Jill Stahlman was appointed to serve as Lovings’ defense attorney.

Lovings has remained in Cobb County Jail without bond since his arrest.
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