Police release new details in case of suspected serial killer

ATLANTA — Several police agencies held a news conference Tuesday morning releasing new details in the arrest of a man accused in four murders.

Channel 2 Action News had the only crew at the Five Points MARTA station when Aeman Presley was met by detectives.

Police said a conversation after Presley’s arrest helped to give them the details they needed to charge him with four murders. When police arrested Presley, officers found a loaded gun and box of ammunition on him.

Police said Presley killed Dorian Jenkins, Tommy Mims, Karen Pearce and Calvin Gholston.

Channel 2's Ryan Young broke the story Monday that Presley would be charged in a fourth murder after he already faced three murder charges.

In the news conference, police said Presley admitted to the murder of Pearce.

Gholston, the first victim, was shot and killed Sept. 27 at the Spring Mill Village shopping center on Memorial Drive.

Police said Jenkins and Mims were shot to death while sleeping near downtown Atlanta on Nov. 25.

Decatur police say Presley also killed Pearce, who was leaving a restaurant in downtown Decatur on Dec. 6. Pearce was a stylist at a Marietta salon. A witness found her body in the street near a parking deck.

Police told Channel 2 Action News they think Presley is a serial killer.

On Monday, law enforcement sources confirmed that detectives in DeKalb County plan to charge Presley with a fourth murder.

Gholston's family told Channel 2 Action News they were heartbroken.

“It hurt me to my heart because I was his caretaker. My brother was schizophrenic,” his brother said.

“He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds in what i can describe as a brutal homicide,” DeKalb Police Detective Matthew McLendon said.

It now appears Gholston may have been Presley’s first victim.

The murder-spree was brought to an end when two undercover MARTA officers say they caught Presley trying to ride MARTA without paying, according to Detective David Quinn.

Channel 2 Action News was the first to report about a unique box of ammunition and gun that helped detectives connect Presley to the murders.