Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney

FOREST PARK MAN CONVICTED IN 2010 MURDER OF FAST FOOD EMPLOYEE PROTECTING COWORKERS DURING ROBBERY

June 21, 2024

State v. Rashad Rogers

Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the case against a Forest Park man accused of murdering an employee at a fast food restaurant in 2010.
 
On Tuesday, a jury found Rashad Rogers, 33, guilty on charges of Malice Murder and Felony Murder stemming from the death of Gary Andrews, 23.
 
According to the investigation, officers with the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) responded to a call of a robbery in progress at Church’s Chicken on Flakes Mill Road at 8:59 p.m., on December 18, 2010. Officers found Andrews on the floor inside the store unconscious and bleeding from the head. 

Witnesses shared that two black males wearing surgical masks came into the restaurant with guns and demanded entry to the safe. One suspect was described as having neck-length dreads with red tips.

When the suspects discovered that the cashier did not have a key, they hopped over the counter and demanded to know where the safe was located. Andrews, who worked at the restaurant, was trying to hide his coworkers in the freezer at the back of the store. The suspect with the dreads put a gun to another employee’s head and Andrews tried to intervene. The gunman shot Andrews twice, striking him in the head. The suspects took the cash from the register and fled the location.

The case went cold, despite numerous suspects being eliminated. It was picked up by DKPD’s Cold Case Unit in 2012. Simultaneously, the FBI was investigating an April 2011 bank robbery in DeKalb County involving Defendant Rogers, as well as Clifford Jackson and Clifford Durham. 

An informant told the FBI that Rogers, Jackson and Durham showed up at his residence the evening of the Church’s Chicken murder with a lot of money and were talking about the shooting. He shared that Rogers felt ill that evening and asked for medicine, and that he overheard Rogers say, "He shouldn’t have moved, I had to do it." The informant also recalled seeing a wig with red tips.

In November 2012, Rogers, Jackson and Durham pled guilty in federal court to their indictment for the bank robbery. Murder warrants were taken out for Defendant Rogers and Defendant Jackson in DeKalb County on October 15, 2013. The two were transferred to the DeKalb County Jail after serving their federal sentences. Jackson pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter on June 10, 2024, and was sentenced to 20 years to serve. Clifford Durham is deceased.

Following the guilty verdict, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Shondeana Morris, who presided over the trial, sentenced Defendant Rogers to serve Life in prison. 

The case, assigned to the Homicide & Gangs Unit, was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Kara Roberts with assistance from Senior Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Friedman, District Attorney Investigator J.B. Williams, and Victim Advocates Kaysha Albritton and Tonesha Bivens. Retired DKPD Sgt. Stiles led the initial investigation. In 2012, Major Swain, along with retired Detectives Van Leuven and Davis, all with the DKPD Cold Case Unit at the time, picked up the investigation.