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Jonesboro man on docket for murder charge

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Jonesboro man is expected to stand trial this week for allegedly gunning down a respected car salesman during a 2008 armed robbery in a Holiday Inn parking lot.

Christopher Avery Brown faces murder charges in the Aug. 27 slaying of 50-year-old Robert Lovelace, an Atlanta man who friends called a top salesman at a Griffin car dealership.

A grand jury indicted Brown on counts of murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Brown robbed the victim of cash before opening fire in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express in Stone Mountain, the indictment says. A guest who had recently checked into the hotel heard the gunshot and found Lovelace bleeding on the ground outside. He later died at Gwinnett Medical Center.

An investigator learned of Brown's involvement through witness interviews. U.S. Marshals arrested Brown in his native New York last year.

Police never said if Brown and the victim knew each other, or how they came to cross paths. A hotel manager said at the time Lovelace was not a registered guest at the hotel.

A Lawrenceville woman was arrested in connection with the killing in December 2008. Police charged Charlotte Lynne McDaniel with lying to police, alleging she provided her car to the shooter in order to traffic cocaine.

Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor is scheduled to preside.