LAWRENCEVILLE - Police say a 15-year-old Lawrenceville boy coordinated a pre-Christmas marijuana heist that spun out of control, leaving one man dead.
Francelis Dorce faces armed robbery charges following his Jan. 26 arrest, police said Wednesday. Charged as an adult, he remains in custody at the Regional Youth Detention Center.
The boy orchestrated the Dec. 23 drug transaction "and was aware that it would be an armed robbery," said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.
The arrest marks the fourth made by police in the shooting death of Robert Morales, 27, of Loganville.
On Friday police arrested and charged the alleged shooter, Zachary David Bivens, 17, of Grayson, with murder and possession of marijuana.
Another murder suspect, Omar Falay, 17, was inadvertently shot by Bivens, his accomplice, in the fracas but survived, police said. Both suspects remain in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
A detective testified last month the duo tried to rob Morales and his friend, Eric Comrie, 21, of drugs and valuables from the back seat of Comrie's 1998 Mercedes. Morales fought back, and the shooter allegedly killed Morales and accidentally shot Falay as the two struggled outside the car.
Police believe the same .45-caliber handgun that injured Falay was used to kill Morales.
Morales died about 30 minutes later at Eastside Medical Center, while Falay fled to a neighboring subdivision, solicited help and was transported via ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was later arrested.
Bivens, police believe, fled on foot, remaining at large for nearly two months.
Also charged with murder, Comrie, the alleged driver, was freed from jail on Jan. 8, records show. He fingered Falay as one of the robbers but not the shooter, police said.