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Atlanta Police: Suspected Murderer Aeman Presley Linked to Fourth Slaying

Aeman Presley, 34, is accused of fatally shooting two homeless men and a hair stylist, as well as a fourth man in a strip mall in September.
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An aspiring actor accused of fatally shooting three people — including two homeless men in downtown Atlanta — also killed a schizophrenic man in September, police said Tuesday. Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, is suspected in the murder of 53-year-old Calvin Gholston, who was shot Sept. 27 at a DeKalb County strip mall where he was known to sleep.

Gholston, nicknamed "Butterball," wasn't homeless but would wander when he went off his medication, his brother told NBC affiliate WXIA. "This guy (Presley), from what the police told us — this man knew every bus route, he knew the train schedules, he knew what time the place closed, so he preyed on him," Gholston's brother, Cedric Gholston, said of the suspect. "This guy preyed on him, and he probably did the same thing to the other victims."

Presley, who describes himself as an actor on his Facebook page, was caught last Thursday after police said he passed through a rail station entryway without paying the fare. Gholston was allegedly Presley's first known victim. Presley later shot two homeless men — 42-year-old Dorian Jenkins and 68-year-old Tommy Mims — in separate incidents during Thanksgiving week as they slept in Atlanta's downtown, police said. A week later, Presley allegedly targeted hair stylist Karen Pearce, 44, as she left a restaurant in nearby Decatur.

Police connected the homeless deaths through the same type of gun they found on the suspect, and then Presley allegedly confessed to killing Pearce, investigators said Tuesday. They added there may be more victims and were working on a motive. Presley remains jailed in Fulton County.



— Erik Ortiz