MONROE — Well over a dozen witnesses, law enforcement officers and experts testified in the case of Kenneth Keith Malcom last week, who was accused of murdering Jonathan Rajiv Gresham on Jan. 7, 2018.
But in the end, Malcom himself ended up being the prosecution’s most convincing evidence, though he didn’t take the stand.
In six phone calls Malcom made to friends and family following his arrest, he more or less admitting to killing Gresham, who was his girlfriend’s brother. All six were played at the trial.
“I killed that n------,” he said in one.
“I just went on and killed him. … They ain’t got no weapon, they ain’t got no gun, they ain’t got nothing,” he said in another.
“I was up close. That n------ is out of here. F--- that n------.”
The jury later found Malcom guilty of all 21 charges against him: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault, four counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine, and tampering with evidence.
Assistant District Attorney David Williamson led the prosecution of the case with help from Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley.
The incident occurred the night of Jan. 7, when Malcom and others were watching an Atlanta Falcons game at 612 Meadows Lane in Social Circle.
Malcom and his brother Runtavious got into a fight with Gresham, which spilled out of the house.
Gresham grabbed his four nieces and nephews — Shaniya, Demarcus, Gregory and Deontay — and loaded them into his car.
As Shaniya, Demarcus and Gregory later testified, Malcom and Runtavious pursued Gresham to his car. As Gresham got in, Malcom shot him five times.
Gresham survived to drive away, but only made it as far as the intersection of Highway 11 and Lipscomb Road, where first responders found the five of them. Gresham took his final breathes in the ambulance en route to the hospital in Monroe.
The defense, headed by public defender Dave Phillips, argued Runtavious had shot Gresham, but Malcom took the fall for his brother.