Jonesboro man indicted in death of stepfather

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats


A convicted felon with a long prison history was indicted Wednesday in the December shooting of his stepfather.

Bobby Lewis Roark, 76, died a month later from his injuries. Wallace Anthony "Tony" Payne, 47, of Jonesboro faces 12 counts including felony and malice murder in Roark's death.

Clayton County police said Payne shot Roark in the head inside the man's Jonesboro home, locked the doors behind him and left. Payne then took Roark's 2006 Toyota Camry, said police.

Roark was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Police said he identified "Tony" as the man who shot him. Roark succumbed to his injuries Jan. 7. Payne was in the Fulton County Jail on other charges at the time he was charged with murder in Roark's death.

Payne was also indicted for breaking into a neighbor's car July 20, 2010.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Payne has served at least seven prison terms starting in 1981 when he was 18. His convictions include drug possession and driving under the influence. Payne was most recently released from prison in September 2001, records show.

In other indictments, a Riverdale woman faces charges she stole more than $25,000 from the disabled woman she was taking care of. Police allege Donna Pennerman, 50, took money from Meika Cannonier. Pennerman allegedly stole to pay for dental work for herself and her daughter, to buy a Cadillac Catera and pay for insurance on the car, according to the indictments.

Pennerman is charged with the exploitation of a disabled person, financial transaction card fraud and felony theft by taking. She is out on bond.

Also facing an indictment, a convicted sex offender is in the Clayton County Jail on charges he failed to register his status. Police said Bolton Denton, Jr., 42, of Riverdale, was convicted of the 1994 sexual assault of a child in Texas and is required to register annually and when his address changes. The indictment filed this week alleges he did neither. He is being held on $8,000 bond.

The grand jury also indicted a man for using a hatchet to get into compressor units to steal copper and scrap metal. Jeffrey Thomas Braswell, 27, was arrested Sept. 25 after a Lake City police officer said he caught him in the act behind Red Pearl Restaurant.

Police said Braswell tried to hide behind a tree when the officer approached, and later admitted he broke into five compressor units at the vacant restaurant. Braswell reportedly told police he was going to sell the metals for money.

Braswell was indicted for theft by taking, criminal trespass and possession of tools for the commission of a crime. He is out on bond.