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Marietta man convicted, sentenced in robbery turned double homicide

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man has been convicted in the double homicide that happened outside of a Smyrna eatery in 2013.

Isadore Walker Barboza, 46, was convicted of malice and felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and firearms possession charges and will spend the rest of his life in prison, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in a statement.

A Cobb jury deliberated just over an hour this afternoon before convicting him on the charges.

The evidence showed that in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2013, Barboza and two accomplices were inside Doc’s Food and Spirits on Cumberland Blvd. with the intention of committing an armed robbery.

When the targeted victims, Ebone Driskell and Exzavious Brooks, returned to Driskell’s car in the parking lot, Barboza and Quondre Bentley jumped them. That’s when Driskell pulled out her own 9 mm handgun and shot Bentley in the neck.

Barboza then shot Driskell with a .380-caliber handgun and fled in her vehicle with Bentley, leaving Driskell, 32, of Atlanta, fatally wounded in the parking lot. A short distance away, Barboza abandoned the stolen vehicle and Bentley, who was dying.

A cell phone recovered from Bentley’s body led Smyrna Police detectives to a female accomplice, Renee Elizabeth Harris, 26, of East Point. Harris later admitted she had driven Barboza and Bentley to the eatery for the armed robbery and had picked up Barboza after he abandoned Bentley.

Harris pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in the case and testified for the state against Barboza.

“On Oct. 28, 2013, this defendant had a plan. He set out to ambush his victims in the hopes of getting easy money,” Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans said. “Instead, he maliciously took Ebone Driskell’s life.”

Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert E. Flournoy III immediately sentenced Barboza to the mandatory life in prison without parole.

Marietta attorney Ken Croy represented Barboza, who has been held without bond since his arrest in Augusta, Ga. several days after the killing.

Harris will be sentenced at a later date. Atlanta attorneys Drew Findling and Marissa Goldberg represented Harris.

The trial began Monday with jury selection.