Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Bus Stop Slaying

Posted at 12:04 PM, Mar 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 12:04:00-04

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of gunning down a woman as she waited at a bus stop in metro Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports ( that the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office will seek the punishment in the case against 18-year-old Christopher Merritt of Lithonia.

DeKalb County police say Merritt shot and killed 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins on Nov. 23 while she waited for a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority bus.

Police have said video surveillance evidence helped identify Merritt as a suspect.


Information from: WSB-TV,