DeKalb County is taking over the murder case of a man found in a burned truck in Rockdale after Rockdale investigators learned the victim was allegedly killed in DeKalb.
Lead investigator Lt. Matt Wolfe of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said investigators believe the victim, Martin Villa-Gomez, 36, of Auburn, was killed in a house owned by suspect Antonio Lindsey near Lost Dutchman Drive in Lithonia on February 4. The victim was shot twice in the head.
Firefighters found the burned out Ford FISO truck and body of Villa-Gomez, an electrician and father of two, on February 5 on Abbots Road near Turner Road.
Kelton Perez Franklin, 36, of Snellville, Deodrick Ricardo Rivers, 31, of Ellenwood, Antonio Lindsey, 39, of Lithonia, and Tora Jefferson Reed, 34, of Lithonia are still in the Rockdale County jail. All are charged with arson, murder, and aggravated assault felonies. Franklin is also charged with giving false statements.
In his warrant, the charge listed that Lindsey "did plan to murder, did take premeditated steps prior to murder, did purchase items for the murder and was an active participant in the death of Martin Villa-Gomez." Rivers was also charged in his warrant with taking premeditated steps and being an active participant in Villa-Gomez's death. The warrant for Reed was not available for viewing as of press time.
The arson charges against all four defendants will be handled in Rockdale County.
Franklin, Rivers, and Lindsey were arrested in March. Reed was arrested in May after leading DeKalb marshals on a short chase.
The suspects will be indicted in DeKalb County and prosecuted in the DeKalb County circuit.