Suspect shot, killed in alleged home invasion

By Jason A. Smith


Henry County Police are looking for three suspects involved in an apparent home-invasion case in Ellenwood that left a fourth suspect dead Friday morning, and the homeowners facing drug charges.

A gun battle took place in the home on Hill Lane, in the Fairfield Glen subdivision, shortly before 5:30 a.m., according to police Capt. Jason Bolton.

Police said they found more than $100,000 in cash along with a large quantity of drugs in the house after the shooting.

Police identified the man killed during the incident as 35-year-old Marlin K. Maner, of Decatur. Three additional suspects in the alleged invasion are being sought by authorities, Bolton said.

The victims of the apparent invasion, Bolton said, Milton and Sabrina Robbins, both 35, face charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

"During the course of the investigation today, detectives discovered over $174,000 in cash, as well as approximately 5 lbs. of marijuana and approximately 1 1/2 lbs. of cocaine inside the residence," Bolton said. "Witnesses reported seeing three black males exit a dark-colored truck, and approach the residence. The suspects made forced entry through the front door of the home. "Once inside the home, one of the suspects exchanged gunfire with the homeowner, who shot and killed him," Bolton said.

The other two alleged intruders fled the scene and got into the truck, which was believed to have been driven by a fourth man, according to Bolton. He said police are searching for an Infiniti FX in connection with the case.

None of the residents of the home were injured, Bolton said.

The investigation is ongoing, Bolton said. Henry County narcotics agents were working with detectives on the case.

Anyone with information on the incident was asked to contact Henry County Police at (770) 957-9121.