Survivor of Buford firefight indicted on murder charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Three months after a four-way gunfight erupted over drugs in a Buford home, leaving four shot and two dead, a second survivor is facing murder charges.

Justin Kendall was booked in jail Tuesday after a Gwinnett grand jury had indicted him last week on seven counts that include felony murder, aggravated assault, weapons possession and criminal attempt to commit a crime.

Police said the shootings resulted from a soured marijuana deal at an Ivy Crest Drive home in a Buford neighborhood Jan. 31. The indictment charges Kendall with arranging the deal, then shooting three other men in the home in the ensuing chaos, including his roommate, Daniel Turpin.

The other survivor and fellow murder suspect, Haile Lewis, of Lawrenceville, came to the home under the auspices he and pal Trenton Jones would sell the roommates high-grade "purple cush" marijuana. But the visitors intended to rob Kendall and Turpin all along, according to earlier testimony.

All four men were 23 years old at the time.

Police would arrive to find Jones dead in the kitchen, a semi-automatic handgun beside him. Turpin was also dead, lying face down on steps leading to a back deck. Kendall, shot roughly four times in his back, neck and arm, had jumped down 25 feet from a deck and then beat on neighbors' doors for help. Lewis fled in a vehicle, police have said.

A detective previously testified that four handguns were found throughout the residence, and all had been fired. Kendall admitted to police he shot Jones multiple times, the detective testified, but only after Jones shot him first.

Kendall had been living in the Meriwether County town of Gay, according to jail records. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Lewis has been in police custody since a few hours after the shootings, when he showed up with several gunshot wounds at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was also indicted last week, on seven counts that mirror Kendall's.


gwinnettisgreat1 3 years, 3 months ago

Good Grief... can't a thug... I mean drug dealer just sell his weed and not get shot??? Now the grand jury goes and indictes this young man who was just trying to make a buck and the guys go and rob him. He defends himself against fellow thugs and gets nailed for murder?

What a mess.


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