Sheriff’s Killers Lose Federal Appeal

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ATLANTA, March 13, 2007 – The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has upheld convictions and life sentences of two men convicted in the December 2000 murder of DeKalb County Sheriff-Elect Derwin Brown.

Melvin Walker, 42, of Lithonia, Georgia, and David Ramsey, 35, of St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands, were convicted Aug. 3, 2005, by a federal jury in Atlanta of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and murder for hire charges.

“Walker and Ramsey were convicted of being participants in one of the most horrific crimes ever committed in this district,” said United States Attorney David E. Nahmias. “We are pleased that the appellate court has affirmed their guilty verdicts and sentences. We are satisfied that these two defendants will remain accountable for their roles in the assassination of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.”

Walker and Ramsey worked with former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, former DeKalb County Deputy Sheriff Patrick Cuffy and Paul Skyers to kill Brown, federal attorneys said. Brown was killed in his driveway as he returned home from celebrating his wife’s birthday.

United States District Judge Jack T. Camp on Nov. 21, 2005, sentenced Walker and Ramsey to life in prison without parole.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the DeKalb County Police Department investigated this case.

Assistant United States Attorneys William L. McKinnon, Jr. and Lawrence Sommerfeld along with Bobbi Bernstein of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice prosecuted the case.

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