A man wanted for murder made the cops job easy when he showed up to the Clayton County Georgia Sheriff’s office to try to get his gun back that was confiscated during a previous crime, 11Alive reports.
On Friday, Defearious Cotton didn’t get his gun but he did get placed in a jail cell since a warrant was out for him for a murder in Fulton County.
Cotton was arrested before in July 2017 on misdemeanor marijuana and traffic charges and a gun was seized at the time. For that crime, he got probation but since then got involved in a murder in a neighboring county.
Cotton apparently unaware that he was a wanted man, decided to go to Clayton County to get his gun back from the 2017 situation.
However, retrieving a weapon required a background check that turned up a warrant for Cotton’s arrest. Cotton inadvertently turned himself into authorities that were out looking for him.
File this one under the dumb things dumb criminals do.
‘The Atlanta Child Murders,’ 3-part documentary
When it comes to Georgia and gun violence, Atlanta been known for one of the most notorious eras of murders in history.
Two young, Black boys, Edward “Teddy” Hope Smith and Alfred “Q” Evans, both 14, disappeared four days apart in 1979 in Atlanta and the disappearances continued well into 1981. In all, nearly 30 children and young adults, mostly boys, officially went missing and were all, with the exception of one whose body has never been recovered, found dead. This tragedy, commonly known as the Atlanta child murders, coincided with the first term of Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.
Atlanta native Wayne Williams, who is Black and was in his early 20s then, was arrested, convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the murder of two young adult men. Although Wayne Williams was never tried for the murders of all of the children, he is largely referenced as the serial killer responsible for the Atlanta child murders.
This is the backdrop of the three-part series, The Atlanta Child Murders, airing on Investigation Discovery, better known as the ID channel, March 23 at 9pm ET. Surprising to some, super-producer Will Packer, who is more well-known for such blockbuster comedies as Ride Along and Girls Trip, is one of the major forces behind the three-part series. TheGrio caught up with Packer to discuss The Atlanta Child Murders just days before Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced the re-opening of the case.
Let’s continue to get dumb criminals and guns off the streets.