A man suspected in the shooting death of Dennis Gayton earlier this year has been captured, Gainesville Police confirmed Saturday.
Marquis Lejon Studivant, 27, was spotted in a vehicle on Mill Street around 4 p.m. Friday, Deputy Police Chief Jay Parrish said.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies tried to stop the vehicle and Studivant ran, Parrish said.
Police and the Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and captured him “a short time later,” police said.
Gayton, 47, was shot around 9:30 p.m. April 4 on Carlton Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Tadrick Terrian Osborne, 37, and Studivant, both of Gainesville, have been charged with felony murder by a grand jury. Osborne was already in custody.
“We have been working with the Hall County Sheriff's Office and other local, state and federal agencies to track him down,” Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Saturday. “We are fortunate that he was taken into custody without incident.”
In a news release sent after the incident, Holbrook wrote that “two male suspects allegedly attempted to rob Gayton during drug-related activity. The shooter fired into the vehicle during the incident, killing Gayton, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree.”
Gayton’s 15-year-old son was in the car and witnessed the homicide.