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Three indicted in connection with homicide near Phoenix High

Kevin Emanuel

Kevin Emanuel

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Isaiah Lo

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Alexis Dennis

LAWRENCEVILLE — The alleged gang members charged in connection with January’s homicide near Phoenix High School — as well as the drive-by shooting that police believe preceded it — are one step closer to trial.

A Gwinnett County grand jury passed down Wednesday an indictment charging Kevin Jean Emanuel, Isaiah G. Lo and Alexis Marie Dennis with various counts related to both the fatal Jan. 27 shooting on Lawrenceville’s West Pike Street and the incident six days earlier, allegedly fueled by a $20 drug debt.

Emanuel, 21, is believed to have fired the bullet that unintentionally killed friend Kevin Dawoyea during a Jan. 27 altercation in Lawrenceville and was indicted on 15 total counts, including: one count of murder, four counts of felony murder, seven counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal gang activity and a single count of possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.

Lo, 17, was reportedly involved in the large fight that preceded Dawoyea’s death as well as the drive-by shooting on Jan. 21. He was indicted on 12 total counts: three counts of felony murder, seven counts of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal gang activity.

Dennis, 20, is accused of participating in the drive-by incident and attempting to hide the handgun that allegedly killed Dawoyea. She was indicted on eight counts: five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal gang activity and one counts of tampering with evidence.

According to Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County police, a 22-year-old male was at his cousin’s house on Jan. 21 when four people — allegedly Emanuel, Lo, Dennis and Dawoyea — pulled up and confronted him about $20 he owed Lo from a previous marijuana transaction. They left but showed up later at the man’s own townhome, again confronting him.

As they drove off, Lo reportedly fired three shots and the male and four other people.

On Jan. 27, police believe Lo and a man named Jose Rivera — a friend of the man who owed Lo money — started a brawl just down the street from Phoenix High School. As the fight continued, Emanuel allegedly pulled a handgun and fired at a man assaulting Dawoyea.

He instead shot and killed Dawoyea, an old friend, police have said.

According to Wednesday’s indictments, Emanuel, Lo and Dennis are members of Bloods and “Young Paper Chasers” gangs. All three are being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.