Monday, March 29, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two men indicted in a fatal 2007 stabbing at a Norcross apartment complex will likely face a jury this summer, as a hearing scheduled for one defendant Monday was uneventful, a prosecutor said.
Prosecutors were mulling the possibility of striking a plea deal Monday with murder suspect Verlon McPherson, 27, a Conyers man jailed for nearly three years in the slaying, but those talks stalled.
"Nothing happened," said Assistant District Attorney Mike McDaniel of the hearing.
Instead, McDaniel said McPherson and co-defendant Desmond Anthony Sellers, 25, of Norcross, will likely be tried in late June or July.
The men are accused in the April 8, 2007, stabbing death of Demitrius Gomez at the Stanford Village Apartments off Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross.
Gomez was stabbed twice with a knife in the groin and chest in an altercation in a complex parking lot, according to warrants filed that year.
Both men have been charged with one count of murder and one count of felony murder. They remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
Whether both defendants will be tried together or not will be decided by the lead prosecutor later, McDaniel said.