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Teen charged with murder in crack-deal killing

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A Clayton County grand jury charged a 19-year-old with the murder of an alleged crack cocaine dealer.

Jonathan Lamar Collins, of Forest Park, faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. According to Forest Park Police detective's warrant applications, Collins called Maurice Dunlap, and asked to buy $600 worth of crack cocaine, but planned to rob him.

In April 2006, the two men went behind the S building of Parkside Crossing, 4233 Jonesboro Road in Forest Park. Dunlap had the cocaine and Collins pulled a gun and shot him once in the chest and once in the head, Forest Park Detective Sgt. Karen Henry wrote in her report.

Witnesses told police that Collins was known to argue about scales during drug deals and said that, when asked about the killing, he said, "Man, I got a kid, man. [Expletive], man. I didn't want to do it."

Collins, also known as Johnny Boy and J-Rock, was identified as the man seen running from the apartment complex. Detectives also found he had called Dunlap a number of times before the man was shot to death.

During the police interview, Henry asked Collins what happened and what went wrong.

He reportedly said, "The intent was $625 and I don't know what went wrong."

Collins was indicted by the grand jury Thursday, on charges of malice murder, felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

His court date has not yet been set.