Testimony Begins in Murder Trial of Former Midtown Security Guard

Nkosi Thandiwe is on trial for a lunch hour shooting that killed one woman and injured two others in the parking garage of the Proscenium building.


Survivors and witnesses to the July 2011 parking deck shooting in Midtown began testifying Tuesday in the trial of the former security guard charged in the case.

Nkosi Thandiwe has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges connected to the July 2011 shooting spree at the Proscenium building that left Brittney Watts dead at the scene, injured Tiffany Ferenczy in the leg and paralyzed Lauren Garcia.

Assistant Fulton County district attorney Linda Dunikoski told the jury Tuesday that Watts was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck, but she suffered other injuries as well, according to an AJC.COM report.

The article said:

“She had bruises on both her wrists, bruises on both her hips, she had lacerations across her stomach,” Dunikoski said.

The prosecutor also said Watts’ forehead was cut open and that she had cuts on her back. Dunikoski did not explain how Watts received the other injuries.


Thandiwe was a security guard for Allied Barton Security Services at the Proscenium building where all three women worked. Police say he shot Watts in the building’s parking deck, and then fled the garage in her car, shooting the other two women as he exited onto Crescent Avenue.

The defendant reportedly bought the Glock semi-automatic handgun that was used in the shootings just over two weeks before the incident.

Judge Kelly A. Lee of Fulton County Superior Court ordered a mental evaluation for Thandiwe in November 2011. Lee ruled the following spring that Thandiwe was capable of comprehending what was happening during a trial.

See also:
Proscenium building shooting suspect ruled mentally competent to stand trial

Alleged Midtown Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Police Arrest Midtown Building's Security Guard in Fatal Shooting

Woman Paralyzed in Midtown Shooting Released from Spinal Center


AndrewD January 30, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Will he be charged with a hate crime?
L-IT February 03, 2013 at 05:22 PM
There is no hate crime in the state of GA, unfortunetly.


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