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Police catch suspect in drug slaying

BUFORD - A Lawrenceville man accused of fatally shooting a Snellville man is now in the custody of the Gwinnett County sheriff.

Christopher Benjamin Roesser, 25, who had been missing since a Dec. 20 shooting that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Keith Price, was arrested Thursday night at a residence in Buford, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

He is charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to distribute marijuana in connection with the incident, Bourbonnais said.

Bourbonnais said Roesser arranged to meet with Price to sell him marijuana and shot Price in the chest at some point during the transaction.

The drug deal gone bad occurred outside Averitt Express Inc., a trucking company located at 1156 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said in a previous report.

An Averitt employee in December confirmed that Roesser was an employee at the trucking company and worked in the shop, but no one had seen him since the shooting.

As for the arrest, sheriff's deputies and members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force were watching the residence after receiving a tip that Roesser was staying there, Bourbonnais said.

When Roesser walked out to the back porch to smoke a cigarette, authorities moved in to make the arrest and he was taken without incident, Bourbonnais said.

Roesser's mug shot and information ran in the Feb. 3 edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post in the Gwinnett's Most Wanted section, but Bourbonnais did not say whether the tip came as the result of the publication.

Roesser is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.