Man convicted of one count of Party to the Crime of Malice Murder and two counts of Party to the Crime of Felony Murder

01 February 2022

BRUNSWICK, Ga — District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that Gerald Jermain Wright, 43, of
Waycross, was convicted on January 26, 2022, of Party to the Crime of Malice Murder (one count) and
Party to the Crime of Felony Murder (two counts), following a three day jury trial.

The charges stem from the May 15, 2014 deaths of Javonnie Mondrea Chambers, 35, and his mother,
Mary Lee Chambers, 64, who were shot to death in their home in Hazlehurst, GA. Eyewitness testimony
at the time revealed that two individuals shot the victims, and another individual drove the vehicle, a
silver Dodge Charger, from which they fled the scene. Also present in the home at the time of the shooting was Mary Lee Chambers’ granddaughter and two minor children, ages 2 and 4.

The case was investigated by both the Hazlehurst Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation (GBI). In late 2017, GBI Agent Jason Nipper was assigned the case. Following countless leads and witness interviews, Agent Nipper discovered evidence that Wright, along with two co-
defendants, Robert Benjamin Brown, then 30, and Brandon Dante Hardaman, then 26, both of Jacksonville, FL, travelled to Jeff Davis County on May 15, 2014 in a silver Dodge Charger just prior to the
murders. Wright also drove two co-defendants from the scene following the shootings, wherein Mondrea Chambers was shot with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and his mother, Mary Lee, was killed by a .308 rifle round after the home was sprayed with .308 rounds by one of the co-defendants.

The trial, presided over by Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane, began on January 24, 2022. Members of the Jeff Davis County jury quickly returned their guilty verdicts on all three counts. Chief Assistant District Attorney Ian Heap, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the State, praised the jury for their verdict.

“This was a very difficult case and we are grateful that justice was done.” Judge Lane sentenced Wright to Life without Parole for one count of Party to the Crime of Malice Murder for the death of Mondrea Chambers.

Wright was also found guilty of one count of Party to the Crime of Felony Murder for the death of Mary Lee Chambers, and sentenced to Life without Parole to run consecutively with the Life sentence on the Malice Murder charge. Wright was also found guilty of Party to the Crime of Felony Murder for the death of Mondrea Chambers; however, he did not receive a sentence for that crime as he was already sentenced in the Malice Murder charge for the death of Mondrea Chambers.

The two co-defendants are expected to be on a trial calendar set for the week of May 9th.

Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District
Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.


Open Records Act Request: Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-18-71(b)(2), the Open Records Officer for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office is Cathy Browning. Written requests should be submitted to her via email at cbrowning@pacga.org or by mail to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Attention: Cathy Browning, 210 E. 4th St., Woodbine, GA 31569.
Media Policy: The Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney aims to scrupulously follow the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. The office is not ethically allowed to answer many questions posed by reporters, whatever the journalistic merit. The office cannot, for example, discuss an accused party’s criminal history or speculate about the impact of a particular piece of evidence. These rules are in place to ensure a defendant’s rights to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.