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Athens man sentenced to life in prison for murder of retired U.S. Marine

Darrious DaJohn Showers

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man on Thursday pleaded guilty to killing a disabled vet last year in Madison County during a dispute over a car.

According to Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White, 21-year-old Darrious DaJohn Showers pleaded guilty to felony murder in the May 26, 2019 shooting death of 52-year-old Samuel David Jordan Jr. of Athens at a house in Hull where Jordan had recently been staying.

Jordan was a Master Sergeant when he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 20 years of service. He veteran who worked for the Clarke County Sheriff's Office and the Classic Center, according to his obituary.

Samuel David Jordan Jr.

As part of a negotiated agreement, White said that Showers pleaded guilty to Jordan’s murder in return for a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

According to Madison County sheriff's Capt. Jimmy Patton, Jordan was shot multiple times in the yard of the home on Woodale Street during an argument with brothers Showers and his 19-year-old brother Dykell Dentavious Showers, also of Athens.

Dykell Dentavious Showers

The argument apparently was over Jordan’s use of a car belonging to his girlfriend, who was the Showers brothers’ aunt, Patton said.

Patton said at the time it was unclear whether Jordan was shot by one of the brothers or both.

The case was investigated by the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The Showers brothers were arrested for murder five days after the incident at their mother’s home on Garnett Ridge Drive.

Dykell Shower’s case is still pending.

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