A Milton man who confessed to killing his teenage stepson
has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, according to the
Fulton County District Attorney's Office.
Jurors returned guilty verdicts on Wednesday against 48-year-old Eric Brandon on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Alexander Koser.
Koser was gunned down inside his Genesis Way home on Feb. 12, 2012. Prior to his death, the teen was playing video games and roughhousing with a friend who was visiting. Defendant Brandon complained the victim was too loud and demanded the teen quiet down.
When the defendant decided the noise was still too loud, he retrieved his shotgun from a locked case and confronted the victim, who was in the kitchen preparing a snack. The teen turned to face his stepfather, who fired a single shot into the victim’s chest, according to a news release from the District Attorney. He then racked the shotgun and fired a second shot into his chest. Brandon once again racked his shotgun and fired a third shot into the teen’s body.
After that final shot, Defendant Brandon put his weapon down, walked past the teen’s brutally wounded body and called 911 admitting to operators that he had just shot his stepson. Police rushed to the scene and arrested Brandon.
Video surveillance inside of the police vehicle captured Brandon further boasting about the killing and stating he “hoped [Alex] was dead.”
Jurors deliberated for 25-minutes before returning with guilty verdicts on all counts. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk, who presided over the case, immediately sentenced Eric Brandon to life plus five years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Lance Cross assigned to the Violent Offenders Division with assistance from ADA Lauren Boone and DA Investigator Terence Wise. Detective S. Hewitt of the Milton Police Department led the initial investigation.