Suspected gang member indicted for murder

Trio faces charges in separate case

JONESBORO — A suspected gang member who goes by the alias “Obama” has been indicted for murder in the death of a man killed during a drug deal gone wrong, according to court documents.

Antonio Sumlin Jr., 21, of Atlanta was indicted Wednesday for murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the July 16, 2011, shooting death of Randall Dopson, also referred to as Dobson, on Poplar Street in Morrow. Sumlin is no longer in the Clayton County Jail, according to records. Court documents show he attended a bond hearing March 23 but there is no information on when he was released.

However, he was arrested April 9 in Fulton County for simple battery under the Family Violence Act and bonded out the next day.

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 in Cleveland.”

In the second murder indictment, three men face multiple charges connected to the Aug. 27 shooting death of a clerk at Moe’s Tobacco Outlet near Morrow. Sheldon Emory Brown, 23, is being held on unrelated charges in the Fulton County Jail. Otis Jamal Parker, 22, and James B. Hightower, 24, are still in the Clayton County Jail.

The trio is charged with felony and malice murder in the death of clerk Deon Quintez Causey, and armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon.

Hightower and a second clerk were also shot.

Clayton County police said the murder was the result of a botched robbery that would have netted the men less than $500.