Suspect arrested in drug murder near Mall of Ga.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An acquaintance of 19-year-old Trevon Watson allegedly shot and killed him Wednesday night during a drug deal gone awry.

Michael Thomas Clark, 22, of Lawrenceville was arrested at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, about 13 hours after reports of gunshots sent Gwinnett County police to Appaloosa Lane in Buford. When officers responded, they found Watson's body and a "small amount of marijuana," police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

The subsequent investigation reportedly led police to Clark, described as an "acquaintance" to the victim. He was detained and charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Smith said.

Police believe Watson's death was the result of some sort of disagreement during a drug transaction.

Few other details regarding the case have been released. Smith said neither Watson nor Clark lived at the residence at 1869 Appaloosa Lane, the Reserve at Ivy Creek apartments just off Mall of Georgia Boulevard.

Watson lived elsewhere in Buford, Smith said.

A neighbor told the Daily Post Wednesday night that he heard a "pop, pop" sound before walking outside to find Watson on the ground with blood coming out of his back.

Smith said Thursday that Gwinnett County police had encountered 32 homicides in 2012, including four fatal officer-involved shootings. It reported only 22 last year.

A record 42 homicides were recorded in 2007, and numbers had decreased every year since then.

GCPD statistics do not include crimes within cities with their own police departments. Those are typically rare, but the city of Norcross has tallied at least five in 2012 -- including a quadruple homicide at a local spa and the murder of 15-year-old Nick Jackson.


Gundoctor1 1 year, 9 months ago

Just read the police reports and see how many people are arrested in this small area. Must be why they put a substation there.


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