Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Clayton News Daily
By Kathy Jefcoats
A suspected gang member who goes by the alias "Obama" has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man killed during a drug deal gone wrong, said Clayton County police.
Antonio Sumlin Jr., 21, of Atlanta is charged in the July 16 shooting death of Randall Dopson on Poplar Street in Morrow. He is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail pending an Aug. 12 hearing.
Warrants filed in Clayton Magistrate Court by police allege that Sumlin shot Dopson twice in the leg during a failed drug transaction. Police said Sumlin and two or three other men arranged to meet Dopson to sell him a pound of marijuana for $1,100.
The men initially were going to sell Dopson fake pot but instead decided to rob him, said police. Warrants allege Sumlin pointed a handgun at Dopson, who slapped it away. Sumlin exited the car and shot him once in the leg as Dopson tried to flee, said police.
Sumlin got back into the car and followed Dopson toward Bryant Boulevard, warrants state, and fired again, hitting Dopson a second time in the leg.
Police arrived about 5:16 p.m. and Dopson was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he died about four hours later.
Police said Sumlin changed his cell phone number to avoid any connection to Dopson but they were able to track him through the records. He allegedly told police he never contacted them about the involvement of others in the shooting because "he was as guilty as they were."
The warrants allege that Sumlin is a member of the gang ROC, "Raised On Cleveland."