Uncle sentenced to life after fatally stabbing nephew on his birthday

ATLANTA – James Cooper was convicted and sentenced to life in prison after he fatally stabbed his nephew spurring from an argument about bread. 

On April 22, 2015, Atlanta Police were called to a Mayson Turner Road, NW apartment, where they found the 54-year-old and victim, 38-year-old Ricky Hall. 

Hall, who was celebrating his birthday with his grandmother, was fatally stabbed, according to the Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Police say, his uncle, Cooper, became upset when he heard Hall ask his grandmother for some bread. Cooper and Hall started arguing and the victim picked up Cooper and slammed his body to the ground—he then helped him get up and apologized.

But witnesses told the detective on the case that Cooper remained irate. He picked up a knife in the kitchen and stabbed Hall in the chest and head, causing him to fall backwards.

Cooper tried leaving, but family members stopped him, said police, who questioned him on the scene. He admitted to stabbing his nephew. 

Jurors found him guilty on charges of murder, felony murder, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault.

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