Norcross murder suspect returns to Gwinnett

NORCROSS —­ A man police believe was involved in a homicide following a drug deal gone bad in Norcross last year returned to Gwinnett this week.

Norman Lee Griffin was booked in the Gwinnett jail on Tuesday awaiting his first court appearance this week on charges of murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a crime. Griffin was extradited from Pensacola, Fla. where he was arrested late last month.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service worked together to find Griffin, who was believed to be involved in the June 14, 2012 murder of Ulice Perrell Leatherberry in unincorporated Norcross. The Marshals arrested Griffin without incident in Pensacola, Fla., Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Shannon Volkodav said.

The incident allegedly happened near the 3300 block of Hidden Cove Circle where Gwinnett County Police found Leatherberry, 40, dead from gun shot wounds at about 11:30 p.m.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said at the time that Leatherberry had facilitated a drug deal that involved cocaine earlier in the day, traveled to Atlanta with the suspects to complete the deal, then returned to his home on Hidden Cove Circle.

The suspects, “were not satisfied with the drugs they had purchased and attempted to get their money back from the victim,” Smith said.

As the middle man, Leatherberry was unable to return their money, Smith said, and fled his apartment to evade the suspects. They caught up with him in the parking lot and fired several rounds at him, Smith said. He was struck and killed by one of the shots.