Man indicted in 2012 shooting death of nephew of former state legislator

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a man in the 2012 shooting death of a nephew of a former longtime state legislator.

Divonte Jiles Lester, 20, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and tampering with evidence in the September 2012 death of Quinn Heckstall.

Heckstall was a nephew of retired state Rep. Joe Heckstall of East Point. Heckstall served 31 years as a local and state elected official before retiring in August 2012.

The victim’s relatives said Lester and other acquaintances picked up Quinn Heckstall from home and drove him to a duplex on Wagon Wheel Court in Jonesboro. Reportedly, the men were there to work on music tracks.

Shortly after, a neighbor heard a gunshot and called police. The relatives said the neighbor saw the other men trying to move the body into a car when police arrived.

Police said Lester left, took the gun with him and hid it.

An Atlanta man is being held on $75,000 bond in connection with the car crash that caused the death of his passenger. Tommie Jason Robinson Jr., 22, was indicted this week on two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, reckless driving, driving under the influence and invalid license. Police said he was driving the SUV in which Eddie Justin Alexander, 20, of Kissimmee, Fla.

Police said Robinson had been drinking alcohol at a party just prior to the Jan. 21 crash that killed Alexander. According to the warrant, Robinson was seen weaving in and out of traffic on I-75, achieving speeds in excess of more than 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Police said he lost control of the SUV as he tried to negotiate a curve and hit a median wall. The SUV overturned several times, causing Alexander to hit his head on the pavement near Old Dixie Highway about 11 p.m.

Robinson was taken to an Atlanta hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash, said police.

Police said Robinson’s license was suspended because of a warrant for failure to appear in court issued prior to the crash.

Robinson is also a convicted felon, having served two years in state prison for a Fulton County conviction for robbery by force. He was released in January 2011.

A Forest Park man who served 27 years in prison for murder and is in prison again has been indicted on charges of child molestation and sexual battery on a child under 16.

Larry Allen Long, 49, was released from prison in 2009 after his 1982 conviction for a 1981 murder. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, he was locked up a second time in June, a month after police said he molested a girl in Clayton County.

The indictment stated the girl was able to record the alleged incident.

A Jonesboro man who faces murder charges in an unrelated case was indicted on child cruelty allegations. Gregory Malik Walker Jr., 40, was out on bond June 5 when he was allegedly shot and killed Roger Clark.

Walker was indicted for beating his son in February. He faces battery and child cruelty charges.

Police said Walker shot Clark at Citgo next to the barber shop where Clark worked on Upper Riverdale Road.

The two men had faced off in Clayton County Magistrate Court earlier the day of the shooting. The warrants alleged Clark was in fear for his life against Walker.

“The two had a hearing in Magistrate Court for a temporary protective order earlier in the day,” stated the warrant. “The warrant was denied. Clark went to work and the accused went home to get a gun.”

Police said Clark took a .380-caliber handgun from one of his cousins and drove to the Citgo about 2 p.m.

Walker reportedly yelled at Clark, “Leave me alone, you don’t want none of this,” police said.

As the two men reportedly argued, police said Walker shot Clark twice in the torso and once in the head.

Walker is being held in Clayton County Jail on $210,000 bond on murder and child cruelty charges but has no bond on an aggravated assault charge.

According to the indictment, Walker has a prior conviction of battery under the Family Violence Act.

In other indictments:

• Thaddeus Deandre Traylor, Deion Demarcus Traylor and Marcus Devon Browne faces charges of robbery, first and third degree child cruelty and aggravated assault.

Police said the trio took a cellphone charger and money from a person under 18, slamming him to the ground in the process. Police also allege the crimes took place in front of another person under 18.

According to the indictment, Thaddeus Traylor was previously convicted of robbery in Clayton County Superior Court.

• Mark Steven McGarity Jr. was indicted on escape charges. According to Georgia Department of Corrections, McGarity, 46, has served seven terms in state prison since 1987.

McGarity’s convictions include drugs, forgeries and burglaries.

According to the indictment, McGarity failed to return to Clayton Transitional Center, where he was serving a sentence for burglary.

• Gerald Lamar Pack was indicted for theft by taking. Prosecutors allege he stole a computer March 30, 2011.

• Samuel Ramon Ibanez has been indicted for aggravated assault, two counts of DUI, possession of an open container, striking an unattended vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said Ibanez hit Hector Hernandez July 15 with his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Ibanez also allegedly hit a truck parked on Pine Creek Road and failed to stop or leave his contact information.

• Lavaughn J. Brown, 26, of Atlanta and Marcusgene Kendall Wilcher, 38, of Morrow were indicted on charges related to a May shooting.

Prosecutors allege the pair shot and pistol whipped Terrance Romel Jones May 25. They have been indicted on charges of aggravated assault, battery, simple battery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Wilcher was also indicted for driving on a suspended license.

• Darius Ramaal Terry, 26, of Ellenwood is being held in Clayton County Jail unable to post bond on his charges he attacked his father.

Terry was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault, robbery, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer. Police said he attacked his father with a knife, fork and wooden cane June 21 and took his wallet.

Terry also allegedly broke his father’s phone and fled from a police officer to avoid arrest.

• A Jonesboro man being held on a probation violation charge was indicted for two counts of child molestation and sexual battery of a child under 16.

Joe Henry Sanchez, 20, is being held on the charges related to the alleged July 27 incident at Clayton County Jail.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.