ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. - The suspected killer of Atlanta rapper Trouble has surrendered to Rockdale County deputies. A judge denied 33-year-old Jamichael Jones bond and set his next hearing date for June 15.
The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office says Jones' arrest all started with a "walk and talk." That's where they go to locations where they believe Jones may have connections in hopes to find out more information.
In this case, deputies say their search took them to Jones' mother's house, which eventually ended in his arrest after Jones called her while deputies were there.
"The mother turned the son onto one of my sergeants, who began to talk to him and convince Mr. Jones to turn himself in," Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levette said.
Jones told deputies he'd meet them near Southern Regional Medical Center in Clayton County. While they waited for him to arrive, both the mother and deputies remained in contact with him.
A judge denied 33-year-old Jamichael Jones bond and set his next hearing date for June 15.
"His mother was a huge resource in helping us apprehend him," Levette said. "Nobody wakes up in the morning wanting a bad outcome."
Levette says that Jones hadn't shown any signs of remorse but does appear to be fearful.
Jones faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, home invasion, and battery.
Atlanta rapper Trouble's murder
The deadly shooting Sunday morning happened just before 3:30 inside Lake St. James Apartment complex.
"Upon deputies arrival they observed a Black male lying on the floor with a gunshot wound," Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jedidia Canty said in a news conference Sunday.
The 34-year-old artist, whose real name is Mariel Orr, was shot once in the chest according to investigators.
Rapper Trouble attends "My Struggle" Atlanta movie premiere at Riverside EpiCenter on September 22, 2021 in Austell, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
"We know that there are a lot of people who are really upset right now and brokenhearted about the situation," Canty said.
Officials said Orr was visiting a female friend when Jones forced his way into the apartment and fired that fatal shot.
"Mr. Jamichael Jones did know the female, and it was a domestic dispute … the suspect and the victim did not know each other," Canty said.
Jamichael Jones (Rockdale County Sheriff's Office)
Resident Loki Blanchett told FOX 5 he heard it all happen as he was coming home to his apartment right across the hall.
"They was saying, you know, they were trying to revive somebody," he recalled.
He said he was in shock watching the scene unfold in what he described as a normally quiet neighborhood.
"To be honest with you, we don’t have that type of situation or issues that happen in this particular neighborhood, so to find out that you have a local celebrity that’s inside your residential area and this is what happens … it was like very, very traumatizing," he explained.
If you have any information that can help the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation, you’re asked to call 770-278-8188