Man found guilty in shooting death

CONYERS - An Olde Salem Township resident was found guilty of murder by a Rockdale County jury in the shooting death of his neighbor, who was found dead in his driveway in December.

Bobby Frank Gordon, 54, of 3301 Coach House Way, was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

The Rockdale County Superior Court jury hearing the case reached its verdict at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, following the trial that began Monday, according to Robert W. Houman, Rockdale County chief assistant district attorney.

A sentencing hearing was tentatively scheduled by Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation for 9 a.m. Aug. 28.

Gordon was on trial for the Dec. 15 shooting death of his neighbor, Arthur James Threat, 39, that occurred during an argument in Threat's driveway on Coach House Way.

According to the report filed by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office at the time of the shooting, Gordon appeared outside Threat's house that morning as Threat was walking to his vehicle to go to work. A verbal argument ensued, followed by Gordon pulling a 38-caliber revolver and shooting Threat.

Threat's wife called 911 and investigators arrested Gordon at his house down the street without incident.

Prosecutors said there had been an ongoing dispute between the men that led to Threat's death. Houman said there were at least three Animal Control complaints filed by Gordon concerning the Threats' family dog. Gordon said in those complaints that the dog was running loose and defecating on his lawn. Threat was found guilty of violating the county's leash ordinance.

Gordon called the Sheriff's Office on Memorial Day weekend last year and complained of a party at the Threats' house. Houman said Gordon believed parked cars were blocking the street. However, the Sheriff's Office deputies who arrived at the scene determined there were no violations.

Houman said that Gordon was doing some yard work on the day of the shooting and found white rocks or gravel in his yard. Gordon suspected the Threats were throwing rocks in his yard and walked down the street to confront Arthur Threat.

Threat was leaving his house and walking to his truck to go to work when Gordon appeared at his driveway.

"He said 'Come here, I want to talk to you,' and Arthur Threat came down to the end of his driveway, stayed on his property," Houman said. "Bobby Gordon walked up to him and our evidence would indicate that he put a gun 12 inches to his face, fired one time and killed him."

Gordon's attorney argued that his client believed Threat was armed and he was defending himself during the argument, Houman said.