Five men indicted for Edgewood Ave. murder
Published 6:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Melanie Ruberti
LaGRANGE – A Troup County Grand Jury indicted five men for two separate home invasions in which one man was shot and killed.
Jarvis Dewayne Duncan, 35, Michael Lee Fair, 37, both of Marietta Gerald Jerome Florence Jr., 34, of Powder Springs, Marcus Antonio Leslie and Lewis Antonio Shells, 35, of LaGrange face multiple charges in each case.
The five men are accused of murdering Darius Tucker, 32, in the early morning hours of Nov. 26, 2016.
The suspects allegedly burst into a home in the 100 block of Edgewood Avenue and fired multiple times into a bedroom. According to the indictment, Duncan, Fair, Florence, Leslie and Shells “knew” Tucker was inside that room.
The document alleged the men also shot Adrian Tucker, Darius’ mother, multiple times as well. She survived her injuries; Darius later died at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, the LaGrange Police Department told the Daily News in a previous article.
“When they (suspects) kicked in the door … they were met with screaming and resistance (from the victims) … that’s when the shooting started,” stated LPD Lt. Dale Strickland in regards to the Edgewood Avenue shooting.
Duncan, Fair, Florence, Leslie and Shells were each charged with three counts of felony murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault, one count of home invasion with the intent to commit an armed robbery, one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, one count of burglary in the first degree and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the indictment.
The Grand Jury also indicted the same five men for another home invasion that took place less than an hour before the Edgewood Avenue incident.
The suspects are accused of robbing a man and a woman in the 100 block of Saynor Circle on Nov. 25, 2016, investigators stated.
The five men reportedly forced a woman inside the home where the bound her and another man with duct tape, the indictment read.
The suspects allegedly then took two sets of car keys and stole the victims’ vehicles, according to the document.
The men used the stolen cars to drive to Tucker’s home on Edgewood Avenue, LPD investigators said.
The five suspects knew ahead of time who they were targeting and where the victims lived, Strickland added.
In the Saynor Circle case, Duncan, Fair, Florence, Leslie and Shells were each charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of theft by taking, one count of burglary in the first degree and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, the indictment stated.
Each man was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court documents, Florence and Shells were convicted of robbery in a Troup County Superior Court in December of 1998.
Leslie was convicted of robbery in DeKalb County in June, 2009.
Fair has a previous conviction for armed robbery in Cobb County in February, 2000.
Duncan was previously convicted of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act in Cobb County in November of 2005.
There is no word on when the five men will appear before a judge in Troup County Superior Court.
Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.