3 Charged With Murder In Johns Creek

The three suspects wanted in connection to the woman’s death remain at large, Johns Creek police say.

JOHNS CREEK, GA — Arrest warrants have been issued for three people who are wanted in connection to a violent drug deal gone wrong in Johns Creek. Investigators have obtained warrants stemming from the Oct. 29 death of Adelisa Muratovic, whose body was found inside a burning vehicle in Gwinnett County.

Antoine Sims, 20, Michael Smith, 20, and Deshaun Flournoy, 18, are all wanted in connection to the incident, Johns Creek police said Tuesday. Sims is wanted on felony murder and purchase, distribution and sale of marijuana charges.

Smith has been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Police have charged Flournoy with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.

Muratovic’s body was discovered around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 behind Village Bluff Drive in Lawrenceville. Officers learned that the car and victim were both connected to a drug deal that turned violent at a Johns Creek apartment complex, police previously told Patch.

These events unfolded when officers received a call of shots fired around 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Retreat at Johns Creek apartment complex at 6005 State Bridge Road. Witnesses told police they heard what sounded like gunfire at the complex’s leasing office and thought they heard a car leaving the scene. Some of the perpetrators, the witnesses added, fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.

A few hours later, Lawrenceville police received a call of a car in flames and once firefighters extinguished the blaze, a body was found among the ashes. Detectives in that jurisdiction were given a tip that led them to the victim’s acquaintance, who informed police of their movements at the Johns Creek apartment complex.

This acquaintance said they went to buy drugs at the complex and while sitting inside the vehicle, they were approached by three people, one of whom was armed. They opened fire on the car, and Byers said a “gun battled ensued” in the parking lot outside the leasing office.

The acquaintance said he jumped out of the vehicle — leaving the passenger behind — and fled into the woods. While running away, he said he turned back and saw another person jump into the driver’s seat of the car and drive away with the passenger in tow.

The three suspects have not been arrested, and anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Johns Creek Police Department Tip Line at 678-474-1610 or email. This is a developing story, so return to Patch for updates.

Photo: from left to right are Antoine Sims, Michael Smith and Deshaun Flournoy. Credit: Johns Creek Police Department