Friday, August 17, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Caroll County man was indicted this week on charges he killed a tow truck driver in Norcross earlier this year.
Joe Lee Farris, 42, of Carrollton, will face nine counts stemming from the May 9 incident in which police believe he shot Olugbenga "Ken" Ikuesan, 47, of Marietta. Ikuesan was found dead in his wrecker near Green Point Parkway in Norcross.
Farris was arrested May 22 and booked at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he remains without bond.
Farris is accused of shooting the victim in the head in an armed robbery, according to a bill released Thursday. He'll be charged with murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the indictment.
An arraignment in the Farris case is expected within a month.
Farris was arrested in a three-pronged effort by Gwinnett sheriff's deputies, U.S. marshals and Carroll County sheriff's deputies at the Sony Music Warehouse in Carrollton, where he was doing temporary work in May.
Police said at the time Farris knew Ikuesan and the two men had a tenuous relationship.
Ikuesan's family members, who live in Grayson, offered a $5,000 reward in May leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who fatally shot the father of four.
Police records indicate Farris had been previously incarcerated at the Gwinnett jail five times since June 1999, charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and failure to appear.