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2 charged in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - An apparent drug deal gone bad Tuesday has left one man dead and two charged with his murder. And for one of the men being charged, he's no stranger to the Gwinnett County crime circuit.

According to Gwinnett County Police Department Spokeswoman Illana Spellman, 21-year-old Eric Comrie was arrested and charged with felony murder for his alleged involvement in the death of 27-year-old Robert Christopher Morales.

Spellman said investigators with the county's homicide unit were dispatched about 10 p.m. Tuesday to Eastside Medical Center in response to someone being shot in the Hillside Drive area of unincorporated Grayson.

After a preliminary investigation, officers determined that Morales and Comrie allegedly drove to the end of Blue Sail Avenue in Grayson to meet with 17-year-old Omar Falay of Lawrenceville and an unidentified man. They all gathered inside the car - driven by Comrie - to make the deal when apparently several shots were fired. That's when Falay and his male companion fled on foot.

Falay was later discovered in a nearby subdivision with a gunshot wound and was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center by ambulance where he remained Thursday. He is also being charged with felony murder for his involvement in Morales' death. His medical condition was unknown Thursday afternoon.

Spellman said Comrie transported Morales by car to Eastside Medical Center where Morales later died. The Medical Examiner's Office will determine the manner and cause of his death. Spellman said the exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation but that Comrie remained at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Thursday without bond. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Unit at 770-513-5300.

This isn't Comrie's first run in with Gwinnett County Police, either. Back in August, Comrie was arrested and charged along with his girlfriend, Brianna Williams, in connection with a robbery at the First Baptist Church in Snellville of $913 in order to get an oil change done on his 1998 Mercedes. The money was eventually recovered and returned to the church.