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Second arrest made in '06 cold case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police happened upon a Norcross man wanted for allegedly ordering an acquaintance shot to death in 2006 during a routine traffic stop Saturday evening.

Miguel Gonzalez-Linares, 20, of Norcross, is charged with murder in the killing of Lal Ko, 20, of Lawrenceville.

Police arrested Gonzalez-Linares on Singleton Road in the Norcross area about 8:30 p.m. He was the passenger in a car stopped by police for an equipment violation, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Gonzalez-Linares joins the alleged trigger-man, Joseph Diaz, 20, of Oakwood, in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. A third suspect in the shooting, Victor Pastor-Flores, 24, remains at large.

Ko, the victim, was gunned down Oct. 27, 2006 near the intersection of Oakland and Herrington roads in Lawrenceville after he had a dispute with the suspects, police said. Gonzalez-Linares ordered Lo shot following the spat, according to his arrest warrant.

Diaz fired the handgun that killed Lo, his warrant says.

For the two ensuing years, no suspects were identified, until a recently enhanced cold case unit reopened the investigation into the murder.

The arrests mark the second solved case in January for the squad, which was beefed up from a single investigator to four in December, authorities said.