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Indictments passed down in two Norcross drug murders

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted this week two men charged in separate Norcross-area drug murders.

According to documents, Joshua Jamaal Starks was indicted on two counts of felony murder and single counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Starks has been implicated in a July 4 dispute outside the Red Roof Inn on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross.

During that incident, Starks and 21-year-old Stenneth Lee Charles exhanged gunfire after a drug deal went sour, authorities have said. Charles was killed and Starks was originally listed in critical condition before being booked into the Gwinnett County jail on July 12.

Also indicted this week was Norman Lee Griffin III. Griffin in charged with shooting and killing Ulice Perrell Leatherberry on June 14, 2012 in another drug deal gone wrong. Leatherberry was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds near the 3300 block of Hidden Cove Cirvle in unincorporated Norcross.

Griffin was picked up about two weeks later in Pensacola, Fla. He was indicted on charges on murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, second-degree criminal damage to property and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

Both Starks and Griffin have been held without bond since their original arrests.