NORCROSS -- A man police believe was involved in a drug deal gone bad that resulted in a homicide about a year ago was arrested and taken into custody on Friday.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service worked together to find Norman Lee Griffin, a murder suspect wanted in connected with 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 Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit developed information that Griffin was in Florida, and the deputies forwarded the information to the Marshals, Volkodav said.
Griffin is being held at the Baldwin County jail awaiting extradition to Gwinnett County, 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 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.