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Man indicted in deadly drug-deal shooting

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A Jonesboro man has been indicted in the 2007 shooting death of another man, during what police say started as a drug deal in the parking lot of a Riverdale drugstore.

A Clayton County grand jury indicted Eric Lindell Bivins, 23, Wednesday in the shooting death of Cory Robbins. The killing occurred Dec. 20, 2007 at the CVS store located at 22 Upper Riverdale Road, according to court documents.

Bivins faces one count of felony murder, and five counts of aggravated assault, according to the indictment.

"Eric Lindell Bivins ... did have in his possession approximately 7 grams of marijuana which he had agreed to sell to Cory Robbins," Clayton County police said in an application for an arrest warrant.

"When both parties met at the CVS pharmacy, Cory Robbins entered Eric Bivins' Chevy Impala and pulled a pistol on Eric Bivins," the application said.

"Eric Bivins, also armed with a pistol, fired on Cory Robbins, killing him within the Chevy Impala," according to the court document.

Bivins fled the scene, according to court records. He was later arrested and held in the Clayton County Jail, and then granted a $50,000 bond on Sept. 25, 2008, according to Superior Court documents.

Conditions of the bond included a curfew of 7 p.m., to 7 a.m., unless attending school, church, work, or on doctor or attorney visits. He was also barred from leaving the state of Georgia without prior permission from the court.

Bivins was not being held in the Clayton County Jail Thursday, according to jail officials.

His attorney, Jefferey Hood, could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.