LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman was charged with murder Thursday in the Aug. 27 death of an Atlanta man, but the warrant was recalled four hours later.
Prosecutors initially charged Charlotte Lynne McDaniel, 28, in the shooting death of 50-year-old Robert Lovelace, a Griffin car salesman gunned down in a Holiday Express Inn parking lot in Stone Mountain after an alleged altercation with two black men.
A guest who had recently checked into the hotel heard the gunshot and found Lovelace on the ground bleeding in a side parking lot. The guest alerted hotel management and Lovelace was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he later died.
According to the arrest warrant, issued at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, during the commission of a felony, trafficking cocaine, McDaniel caused Lovelace's death by "providing the perpetrator with her vehicle to commit the crime, in which the victim was shot and killed." Exactly who that perpetrator is remains a mystery, police said.
"We are still trying to determine who is responsible," said Gwinett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.
Schiralli said McDaniel is involved in the incident "in the whole scheme of things," and was not cooperating with authorities.
"They had enough to take out the warrant for murder, but as soon as they picked her up, there was other information that came out ..." Schiralli said.
An order recalling the warrant was issued and signed at 8:20 p.m.
Jail records show McDaniel is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on charges of making false statements to police. Her bond has been set at $5,700 surety.