Update: Dalton homicide trial
Update: Marquis Tanner was convicted Thursday by a Whitfield County jury for the murder of Abel Carmona back in June 2014.
The Dalton man was convicted for the offenses of Murder, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm During the commission of a Crime and possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
The investigation showed that on June 18 Tanner, along with Tywon Henderson and Endy Becerra agreed to meet the victim, Abel Carmona, and his friends Marcos Soto and Roberto Lopez, to sell them a quarter pound of marijuana for $950.00.
After an argument, Tanner pulled Carmona from the car and shot him on the left side of the chest.
Tanner will remain in custody at the Whitfield County Jail pending his sentencing on August 14th.
The maximum penalty for the murder charge is life, without parole.
A 16 year old will face a felony murder charge in a Dalton homicide. Now, police are looking for two more suspects on murder warrants.
The 20-year-old victim was killed just before midnight Wednesday night in the 200 block of North Easterling Street.
Police found Abel Carmona in an apartment complex parking lot with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say Carmona went to the apartment complex to buy marijuana, but something went wrong during the deal. That’s when the shooting happened.
Investigators arrested the 16 year old suspect with help from the GBI, Chatsworth Police, and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which includes officers from the Murray County and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Offices and the Calhoun Police Department.
Police are now looking for 20 year old Marquis Tanner, and a 17 year old.
Both are wanted on warrants of felony murder in connection with the case.
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