Suspects in teen's killing have criminal past

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Recently released indictments against seven men accused of gunning down a Norcross teen during a February home invasion revealed a criminal past for many of the suspects.

A Gwinnett County grand jury returned last week indictments against the men accused of the Feb. 2 robbery that ended in the death of 15-year-old Nicolas Jackson. All seven suspects -- Darrez Lamontz Chandler, Michael Earl Davis, Jason Dozier, Eddie Lewis Green, Timothy Lamar Johnson, Anthony Bernard Lumpkin and Reco Dehaven West -- were indicted on charges of murder, felony murder (three counts apiece), armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary.

Five are also facing possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges stemming from previous convictions around the metro Atlanta area.

According to the indictments:

-- Dozier was convicted of aggravated assault in 2001 in Muscogee County.

-- Green was convicted of possession of cocaine in 2008 in Fulton County.

-- Lumpkin was convicted of false imprisonment in 2001 in Fulton County.

-- Johnson was convicted of robbery in 1999 in Fulton County.

-- West was convicted of aggravated assault in 2011 in Fulton County.

Indictments obtained by the Daily Post also revealed that the men stole a laptop computer from the Jacksons' home on Autry Street that night. Information regarding items stolen from the home was not previously released, though Norcross Police in the past said a large amount of cash was found in the suspects' van following the crime.

No mention of that money was made in the indictments. Norcross Police officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Jackson, a middle school valedictorian and Norcross football player, was fatally shot when the men allegedly forced entry into his home at about 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Police believe the teen was holding his bedroom door shut when six shots were fired into it.

His sister, alone upstairs, was able to call 911 and provide a description of the gray minivan the suspects allegedly fled in.


A_Gwinnetian 3 years ago

I still want to know: Why did they select that house? Was it really a random home invasion?


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