Gang members convicted in ‘most brutal murder in recent Atlanta history'

The men will be sentenced at a later date.

ATLANTA — Five men have been convicted in the murder of a man that shocked prosecutors in the case.

In 2016, Christopher Dean, 33 of Lithia Springs, was lured to the Atlanta home of Xavier Gibson and his brother, 30-year-old Orlando Gibson, authorities said. Dean was under the assumption that he was invited to complete a drug deal between himself and another man, Christopher Lockett.

Before the visit, Lockett learned that Dean was once a police witness in California.

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For more than an hour, Dean was beaten with a two-by-four and crow bar. After the beating and torture, Dean was shot to death.

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Xavier Gibson, Lockett, Rooks and Clark were convicted on Monday for murder, gang activity and other felonies. They will be sentenced on April 19.

Orlando Gibson will be tried at a later date.

“In my opinion this murder, with its torture, which included a brutal beating… represents the most horrific death in our county in recent history,” said the Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.