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Trial expected in burglary turned homicide

Steven James Green

Steven James Green

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of two suspects police have tied to a burglary that devolved into a fatal shooting in October is expected to be tried next week.

Lawrenceville resident Steven Green is accused of killing 24-year-old Anthony Augustus at an apartment complex near downtown Lawrenceville.

The murder case will be heard much sooner than most because Green's attorney filed a demand for a speedy trial, court officials said.

Assistant District Attorney Maggie Benson said jury selection is expected to begin Monday. Superior Court Judge Billy Ray will preside.

According to earlier testimony, Green and co-defendant Isaac Sandoval, of Gainesville, conspired to burglarize a unit at Cedargate Apartments in hopes they would find the prescription painkiller Oxycontin.

Green had long known the tenant, Shyrome Marshall, and had bought pills from him before, a Lawrenceville police detective previously testified.

Marshall was assaulted as he came in the apartment but managed to run to a neighbor's for help. Augustus walked in behind him, fought with the burglars and was shot once in the waist. He later died at Gwinnett Medical Center.

At the time, investigators said Augustus was merely giving Marshall a ride home that night, and that nothing implicated him as being involved in the drug trade.

Police arrested Sandoval two days after Marshall led them to Green. Both are charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons possession during the commission of a crime.

Green and Sandoval remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. Sandoval's trial is pending.