Three indicted in young Dacula father's murder

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Dacula men could face the death penalty after a grand jury indicted them this week on murder and numerous related charges.

The men - two of them teenagers, the third 20 years old - are charged with the shooting death of Jimmy Lee West on Feb. 5 in Buford.

West, 19, was a father of two and a former Dacula High School student. He spent six days at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta before he died.

The trio indicted this week includes Joseph Andrew Smith, 20, Marco Daneyl Mcilwain, 19, and Keith Orlando Owens Jr., 19.

They are charged with murder, felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possessing a firearm while committing a felony, according to a bill released Thursday.

Police believe the three men gunned down West in a yard at 2891 Hill Circle in Buford. An investigator said earlier this year the men's motive is unclear, but all three knew West.

Mcilwain and Smith were arrested in February and charged with murder, while Owens was booked in July.

All three remain at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. An arraignment for the charges handed up this week is expected within a month.

The men could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of murder, according to Georgia law.