3 GHS Students Arrested in Shooting Death of 14-year-old Paul Sampleton

Police believe robbery was the objective. The students were aware Sampleton traded in high-end sneakers.

LOGANVILLE, GA -- Gwinnett County Police announced Friday that three teens have been arrested in connection with the of Grayson. Officials say all three were fellow students at Grayson High School.

Arrested and in custody are Larnell Sillah, 15, charged with homicide; and Romaine Stewart, 18, and Achiel Morgan, 15, both charged with armed robbery. Sillah and Morgan have been charged as adults, according to officials.

"Detectives believe the motive for this crime was robbery," GCPD spokesman Jake Smith said in a press release. "The suspects knew that Paul Sampleton traded in high-end sneakers and possessed nice clothing and electronics."

Sampleton, a student at GHS, was discovered by his father bound and shot, at about 2:40 p.m. on the last day of school before the Christmas break.  

Smith said witnesses reported seeing a silver BMW passenger car near the victim’s home in the days leading up to the homicide, and on the day of the homicide. 

From the release:

"Detectives followed up on the suspicious vehicle and determined it was connected with a house at 3001 Farmstead Court, Snellville, GA. This location is less than ½ mile from the incident location. Based on the vehicle and evidence obtained through additional investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant.  No one was charged at that time.  Due to sensitive circumstances surrounding this investigation, no information was released on the search warrant at the time."

Further investigation led detectives to Stewart and Morgan. "There was sufficient evidence to charge them in the armed robbery of Paul Sampleton, however they have not been charged with the homicide," the release says.

Smith said a A warrant was obtained to charge him with homicide Friday morning. Smith said all three suspects are in custody, without bond.

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LadyT February 12, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Jenneh Doe March 03, 2013 at 10:08 PM
My cousin was in Paul's fourth period . She said that he used to make the whole class laugh. Too bad they won't get to have that anymore.
SMDH 130 March 23, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Reading all of this foolery just reminded me as to why I try not to read these blogs. Paul is my 14 yr old cousin. Paul and my son were born just 3 days apart. From the beginning of this tragedy all the way up to now, my cousin (Paul's mother), his father, our family has to try to find a way to go on with our lives. Paul was not a gang member, his parents raised him and trained him up the way he should go, he earned money to purchase his sneakers as well as his parents being the amazing parents they are did their job and provided for their child. It is sad that because of jealousy, greed and envy we will no longer see his handsome face again. What is even more astounding to me is some of these comments I have seen on this blog. All I can do is pray for the ignorant ones.
Michelle Couch March 23, 2013 at 06:42 PM
SMDH130, My heart grieves for your family's loss. I had a horrible nightmare last week about losing my son to a violent crime and I woke very upset. I couldn't get it out of my head for days. I can't even imagine living the pain of such a loss for real. My prayers go out to you all and I hope that the guilty are brought to justice. It is horrible the ignorance of society, and I am equally as sorry that your family must endure such cruel and uneducated remarks made on these message boards. However, freedom of speech, no matter how distasteful it may be - is a right worth protecting. I only wish society were more humane when exercising said freedom. A few years ago, I had my dream townhouse picked out in the very community where your cousin lives, had the application completed, but unfortunately it didn't work out. It is a lovely neighborhood, and I felt I would be very happy there. Met some nice folks while I was touring the open town homes there. By all the testimonies I have read about your young cousin, it seems that he was a fine young man. As the saying goes, "only the good die young." Again, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. May God bring you peace and comfort through the wonderful memories of your cousin, and knowing that you have a guardian angel in heaven.
Edward March 23, 2013 at 09:32 PM
@SMDH 130 - My sincere heart felt condolences to you and your family. I can't begin to imagine what it's been like for those that were close to this fine young man. I will keep you and your family and friends in my prayers. Never stop sharing your memories, fun times, laughter, jokes and stories of Paul. R.I.P. Paul!!


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