DeKalb Sheriff's deputies, U.S. Marshal arrest murder suspect in Decatur

Written by OCG News Staff

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested career criminal Nathaniel Cummings Monday at a Church's Chicken restaurant, 1808 Candler Road in Decatur.

Cummings, an ex-convict who has been in and out of prinon since 1992 for burglary and theft, is wanted for murder and burglary in Dodge County, GA. He was also wanted for burglary and probation violation out of Laurens County, GA. Cummings was booked into the DeKalb County Jail pending pickup by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.


Cummings is accused in Dodge County of killing Gregory Giddens by gunshot on May 10, 2013.  Cummings is also accused in Dodge County of committing a burglary when he entered the home of Dorothy and Earl Parkerson on June 1, 2013.

Cummings is accused in a Laurens County burglary where he entered the residence of Jason Park at 3822 Highway 46, took two televisions, three firearms and a video game with an estimated value of $4,000. The burglary occurred on May 31, 2013.

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, after receiving news of these warrants, also signed a warrant for Cummings' arrest for violating the conditions of his release.  He was conditionally released from the Georgia Penal System on Feb. 12 where he served 9 years and 3 months for two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by taking, robbery by intimidation, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of escape and criminal interference with government property. The sentences for each charge ranged from 12 months of 15 years and were served concurrently.

Cummings was also imprisoned from Dec. 4, 1995 to Sept. 29, 2002 for crimes committed in DeKalb which were theft by receiving stolen property, false imprisonment, impersonating an officer and possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon.

Cummings was in a Georgia prison from June 5, 1992 to September 19, 1994 for a robbery committed also in DeKalb.

Cummings has been transferred to the Dodge County Jail.