McDONOUGH — Three defendants convicted in the December 2018 fatal shooting of Decoby Barlow in the parking lot of Traxx Lounge have each been sentenced to life in prison.
Superior Court Judge Brian J. Amero handed down the sentences for Colton Jerrod Sims, 30, of Flovilla; Jalon Dante Edwards, 29, of Sweet Water, Ala.; and Monte Glover Jr., 29, of McDonough after a jury found them guilty Friday of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. In addition, Glover and Sims each were convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Glover and Sims each received life plus 10 years, while Edwards got life plus five years.
Barlow was at Traxx celebrating his cousin’s birthday when a fight broke out inside Traxx, then moved to the parking lot. As gunfire broke out, Barlow, who was trying to get into a car and was not involved in the fight, was shot. He later was found dead inside the car.
Edwards was arrested the night of the shooting. In December 2018, Sims turned himself in to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. In February 2019, Glover was arrested in Clayton County with 11.5 pounds of marijuana and a semiautomatic pistol in his possession.
Sims’ wife, Tynesia Wilcox, has set up a GoFundMe for a new trial, saying that Sims was “wrongly accused and convicted of malice murder from Henry County Police Department .... because of hearsay from a witness who had three different statements and who told lies and was caught in lies by his lawyer.”
Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo said, “This was a tragic event that left an innocent young man dead while he was celebrating his cousin’s birthday at a local establishment. We are pleased that Mr. Barlow’s family is satisfied justice was served today.”
McDonough Police investigated the case. The District Attorney’s Homicide and Gang Unit, which Pattillo created in 2017, prosecuted.