Murder charges reinstated, indicted in Norcross motel death

Troy "Polo" Craig

Troy "Polo" Craig


Brandy Leeanne Coker

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Murder charges have been reinstated against one suspect in a June motel murder in Norcross, this time via indictment.

A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Brandy Leeanne Coker and co-defendant Troy Lanardo Craig on murder, felony murder and aggravated assault charges Wednesday for their alleged role in the June 6 death of Dewayne Jackson. Jackson's body was found inside the Ramada Inn at 5885 Oakbrook Parkway in Norcross, the Decatur man having reportedly succumbed to gunshot wounds.

Though Craig -- who is still on the lam -- was named as Gwinnett County police's "primary suspect," Coker was arrested just two days after the homicide. She was facing counts of murder and aggravated assault before a preliminary hearing last week, during which a magistrate judge found insufficient probable cause for the charges.

A grand jury, though, thought differently.

Following the original dismissal, Coker was charged with making false statements. Those charges were included in her indictment.

Craig, a 26-year-old black male with the nickname "Polo," is described as about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds and had hair in small braids or cornrows, though authorities believe it may have been cut short following the incident. He is considered armed and dangerous and may be driving a black 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300.