Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney


State vs. Derrick Thurman
Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a Decatur man accused of killing a rival.  Jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday afternoon against 27-year-old Derrick Deonta Thurman on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault and weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of 36-year-old Timothy Hobbs.
Hobbs was shot and killed in the breezeway of his girlfriend’s Flat Shoals Road apartment complex on June 11, 2016. According to witnesses, Defendant Thurman spotted the victim as he walked across the parking lot. He later trailed the victim from one building to another and then shot him in the back eight times. Video surveillance captured the sounds of gunfire and images of the Defendant following the victim moments before the shooting. The investigation revealed an ongoing dispute between the two men.  Defendant Thurman believed the victim was responsible for the defendant being shot and injured during a gun fight at the same complex three months earlier. After being positively identified from the video surveillance images, murder warrants were issued for Defendant Thurman. He was arrested five months later in North Dakota where he says he had been visiting relatives and getting medical treatment since the fatal shooting.
Following his conviction, Thurman was sentenced to life in prison by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Steve Ruth with assistance from ADA Will Richardson and DA Investigators Waine Pinckney and Richard Randolph. Detective C.A. Tappan of the DeKalb Police Department led the initial investigation.