Trial slated for 4th suspect in '05 shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - The lone defendant of four to fight murder charges alleging he fatally shot a Tucker man in 2005 is slated to face a jury next week.

Aaron Osborne Wright is accused of joining a group of men who gunned down Jose Anibal Nunez-Maldonado, 29, five years ago at a Tucker apartment complex in southwest Gwinnett.

The suspects were robbing the victim and another man when Nunez-Maldonado was shot once in the abdomen, according to police.

Investigators tracked the suspects to two residences in Stone Mountain after they reportedly used personal items belonging to the victim. Wright and his three alleged accomplices were arrested by a DeKalb County Police SWAT team a week after the Sept. 4 shooting.

Wright, who lived in Clarkston, is charged with murder, felony murder, armed robbery and weapons possession.

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday, with Superior Court Judge Warren Davis presiding.

Since December, each of Wright's co-defendants - Damares Sanchez Price and brothers Dwight and Leon Crosdale - have pleaded guilty to lesser charges of armed robbery and weapons possession.

Each was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison, court records show.