LAWRENCEVILLE -- The third and final suspect in a Lawrenceville triple homicide was apprehended this week in Kentucky, after being on the lam for nearly three months, officials said Friday.
On Thursday an officer in Maysville, Ky., an hour northeast of Lexington, encountered James Lanier, 33, and found that he had active warrants for murder and other charges in Gwinnett, police said. His extradition to Georgia is pending.
Last week, a Gwinnett grand jury indicted Lanier, a convicted felon, and two other men as the culprits in a soured drug deal that left three men shot dead in a Lawrenceville duplex in late February.
Lanier, who jail records show most recently lived on Water Crest Circle in Lawrenceville, faces more counts (22) than his alleged coconspirators, according to the indictment.
Like Lanier, Ernest Huff, of Lawrenceville, and Theron Green, of Auburn, were indicted on counts of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and weapons and drug charges.
Both a rifle and handgun were used in the bloody conflict on Cannonball Court, and both cocaine and marijuana were involved in the proposed deal, the indictment states.
Lanier's status as a felon stemmed from a 2009 marijuana with intent to distribute conviction in Gwinnett.
According to arrest warrants, Green carried a handgun and acted as the "delivery person" for a kilogram of cocaine when multiple gunshots rang out the afternoon of Feb. 29 at the apartment-style duplex, just south of the U.S. Highway 29 and Sugarloaf Parkway intersection. He'd been released from prison about two weeks prior.
Huff allegedly acted as the deal's "broker." He was apprehended in a SWAT team standoff in Clarkston in late March.
Each of the three slain men was riddled with multiple gunshot wounds. They were identified as Farris Allen Weston, 44, of Lawrenceville, Brian Lamont White, 36, and James Edward Isiac, 64, both of Richmond, Va.
The day following the killings, police in Charlotte arrested two men during a traffic stop believed to have been involved with the drug transaction and headed home to Virginia. They were charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
Police have said the victims, and the men apprehended in North Carolina, were "on the same team."