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Indictment in drug murder near Mall of Georgia

Michael Clark

Michael Clark

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County grand jury returned this week a seven-count indictment against the man accused of killing a teenager during a December drug deal near the Mall of Georgia.

Michael Thomas Clark, 22, of Lawrenceville, was indicted this week on charges of murder, felony murder (two counts), aggravated assault, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony (two counts). Clark has remained in the Gwinnett County jail since being arrested on Dec. 13, the day after police believe he shot and killed 19-year-old Trevan Watson.

According to authorities, gunshots were reported at the Reserve at Ivy Creek apartments -- just off Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford -- early on the evening of Dec. 12. Responding officers found Watson's body and a small amount of marijuana, and subsequent investigation led them to Clark, who was described as an acquaintance of the victim.

A neighbor told the Daily Post at the scene that he heard a "pop, pop sound" before seeing Watson on the ground with blood coming from his back.

As opposed to "regular" murder charges, felony murder charges can be filed when, "in the commission of a felony, (the suspect) causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice." In this case, the two counts of felony murder stem from the fact that Clark allegedly killed Watson while he was simultaneously committing another pair of felonies: aggravated assault and distributing marijuana.