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Man charged with murder of stepfather

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have charged a Riverdale man with the alleged murder of his stepfather, who was shot in December, but died recently.

Wallace Anthony Payne, 47, also known as "Tony," allegedly shot 76-year-old Bobbie Lewis Roark in the head with a small caliber gun, and left him in the residence with the doors locked, according to the warrant for Payne's arrest.

Roark succumbed to his injuries, on Jan. 7, suffering complications of a mucus plug aspiration while he was on a feeding tube, according to the Clayton County Police warrant affidavit.

The affidavit states that Payne is also charged with aggravated assault, and theft by taking of a motor vehicle. The statement added that Payne took Roark's 2006 Toyota Camry without permission and left him without medical assistance.

Roark was left in the residence "until [he was discovered] 18 hours later, and transported to Grady Memorial Hospital," the warrant states.

The suspect was living with Roark at the time of the incident, according to Clayton County Police. "The victim told [ the emergency room doctor, and a social worker that] "Tony" shot him," the affidavit states.

The incident occurred at 8325 Dunellen Lane, in Jonesboro. "Officers and detectives immediately began searching for Payne as a person of interest ,to no avail," the affidavit says. On Dec. 26, Payne was located by Union City Police officers, in the stolen Camry, and was arrested for theft by taking/stolen property, and was in the Fulton County Jail on those charges.

Inside the vehicle, police found items which included Roark's house and vehicle keys, a bag of .22 caliber bullets, and a note, written by Payne, dated for Dec. 13, 2010, according to the affidavit.

The note said: "Well this is it. I really hate for it to be like this. But I cannot be locked up any more. My mind could not take it anyway. Hell something has been wrong all my life. (Drugs). I hope this world will do something about Drugs?? I hope the cops will kill me cause I do not want to kill myself. But (I will). Well I hate what happened DRUGS is WHAT..."

Payne was in custody at the Clayton County Jail, on Friday, according to jail officials. He is being represented by the Clayton County Public Defenders Office, according to online court records. His attorney could not be reached for comment, Friday.

Payne appeared in a Clayton County Magistrate Court, on Thursday, for a first appearance hearing, in which he was denied bond, according to court documents.