March 20, 2015 – Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Canton man has been convicted of killing another man inside a now-shuttered bar.
A Cobb jury on Friday found Dennis Lee Hampton, 43, guilty in the shooting death of Takilam Terrell, 34, of Sandy Springs.
The two were strangers, but both were inside Milo’s Bar, at 11 Garrison Road in Marietta, in the early morning hours of April 7, 2013.
According to investigators, Mr. Terrell was arguing with his girlfriend and as a security guard was quelling that disturbance, Mr. Hampton’s cousin, Joseph Ricky Hampton, escalated it. That’s when Dennis Hampton inserted himself in the situation, pulled out a .9mm handgun and fired a shot that hit Mr. Terrell.
“He brought a gun to a fistfight,” Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans told jurors. “Dennis Hampton executed Takilam Terrell for no reason.”
Dennis Hampton was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of use of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of crime. He was acquitted of a second count of aggravated assault involving a bottle.
Superior Court Judge S. Lark Ingram will sentence Mr. Hampton at a later date. He faces life in prison without parole.
Atlanta attorney W. Carter Clayton represented the defendant, who has been held without bond since his arrest two days after the killing.
Marietta Police investigated the case, and the trial began Monday with jury selection.
Charges are still pending against Joseph Ricky Hampton and his wife, Trina Lesley Chatman, in Mr. Terrell’s death.