ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens teen made a stunning turnaround Thursday when he confessed to murdering a 76-year-old man in a 2012 burglary.
Anthony Jermaine Fuller, who authorities said previously implicated one of his two adult accomplices as the triggerman, admitted in Clarke County Superior Court that he shot and killed Edward Davidson after breaking into the retiree’s Clarke County home.
“Who actually shot Mr. Davidson?” Assistant District Tony Volkodav asked.
“I did, sir,” Fuller replied.
Fuller was 16 at the time of the slaying. He turned 18 earlier this month.
In addition to pleading guilty to malice murder, Fuller pleaded guilty to all other charges in an 18-count indictment that included a half-dozen burglaries that occurred in the weeks leading up to Davidson’s death.
Western Judicial Circuit Chief Judge David Sweat sentenced Fuller to life plus five years in prison.
The victim, Edward Davidson, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in 1973 and settled in Georgia where he raised nine children. Married to Charlotte Davidson for more than 50 years, he retired as a master electrician who worked in Elbert County granite quarries.
His wife and several of his children were in court during the Thursday afternoon hearing. They were unable to maintain composure when delivering impact statements prior to Fuller being sentenced.