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Arrest made in drug murder outside Norcross motel

Joshua Jamaal Starks

Joshua Jamaal Starks

NORCROSS — Joshua Jamaal Starks has gone from critical condition to the Gwinnett County jail.

Starks was shot during a July 4 dispute outside a Norcross Red Roof Inn, the alleged result of a drug deal gone wrong. He was originally listed in critical condition following the shooting that left 21-year-old Stenneth Lee Charles dead.

Now, Starks has been charged with Charles’ murder.

Records show Starks was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Friday afternoon, charged with a single count of murder. Upgraded to stable condition early last week, he is being held without bond.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Carter Brank confirmed Monday that Starks was one of the shooters in the Brook Hollow Parkway encounter.

“He is the suspect who was injured in the shooting,” Brank said.

Starks and Charles are believed to have been on opposite sides of a drug transaction. Authorities from the GBI and Norcross Police Department are still looking for a third suspect.

The third suspect, who has not been identified, was allegedly on the side of Starks during the fatal incident.

Few other details about the case have been made public.