June 13, 2013

2 suspects jailed after body found at college


Associated Press

CLARKSTON — Two suspects are in custody in connection with the death of a man whose body was found at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston, just east of Atlanta, authorities said.

One of the suspects, 28-year-old Christopher Shepard, faces a murder charge in the killing of 23-year-old Alpha Oumar Diallo of Stone Mountain. He died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to his head, an autopsy found.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests early Thursday morning.

A second suspect, 44-year-old Constance Mason, has been charged with one count of making false statements and writings.

Both suspects live at a residence on North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, very close to the campus where Diallo’s body was discovered Monday. A passer-by had noticed the body shortly after 7 a.m. Monday in a grassy area about 30 feet from a sidewalk on the campus, college officials said.

Investigators say the two suspects both reside at 751 N. Indian Creek Drive, but they haven’t described their relationship. It wasn’t known early Thursday whether either suspect has a lawyer.

Their arrests came as the result of an investigation by Georgia Perimeter campus police and the GBI, authorities said.

Diallo is a citizen of Guinea, in western Africa, and had been living in the U.S. since 2008.

He was not a student at Georgia Perimeter College. His relatives told WSB-TV that he was a straight-A student studying information technology at Westwood College in Atlanta.

Georgia Perimeter is the largest state college of the University System of Georgia. About 24,000 students are enrolled through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta.