One of two suspects charged with killing a Marietta man a little over two years ago has been found guilty of murder.
A Cobb County jury convicted Jesus Hernandez Perez Friday of murder and aggravated assault for the Sept. 18, 2010, robbery and beating death of 27-year-old Boydrick Powell at an Autumn View apartment on Franklin Road.
The trial began March 18 in Cobb Superior Court Judge Tain Kell’s courtroom and jurors deliberated for about two hours before finding Perez guilty of all charges.
Kell has scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Marietta man could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to a release from the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, 31-year-old Perez, who goes by the alias “Chewy,” and codefendant Jose “Gordo” Marcelino Badillo, beat Powell to death with a baseball bat before throwing him off a balcony at the apartment complex.
Badillo is believed to have fled to Mexico.
Perez reportedly admitted that he and Badillo bought cocaine from Powell the day of the murder and after believing that he was shorted in the drug sale, they began planning to lure Powell back to the apartment to confront him.
Powell was back inside the apartment, Perez locked the door, held Mr. Powell down while Gordo beat him with a baseball bat, went through Mr. Powell’s pockets, and helped Gordo throw the body off the apartment balcony. Mr. Perez and Gordo then split the stolen money.
After the killing, Perez attempted to flee to Colorado but was arrested for DUI in Mississippi.
He bonded out before his arrest warrant for the murder was distributed nationally and he returned to Marietta, where he was arrested in Cobb on Sept. 20, 2010.
“Mr. Perez is guilty of murder because he participated in a plan with his codefendant to commit a felony – aggravated assault and also armed robbery – and under Georgia law he is equally accountable for the death,” said Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans, who prosecuted the case.
Atlanta attorney Peter Kent Odom of Atlanta was appointed to represent Perez, who remains in custody at the Cobb County Jail on this conviction and also on an immigration hold. Perez is a native of Mexico.