Cops: Attempt to buy drugs with $230,000 in movie money led to murder

A man has been booked in the DeKalb County jail after allegedly attempting to buy seven kilograms of cocaine with $230,000 in fake money, leading to a shootout that left a man dead.

Nicklaus Hall, 36, of Ellenwood, is charged with conspiracy to commit a crime (the purported drug buy) and felony murder, warrants released Tuesday show.

Police allege Hall went to Sierra Village Apartments off Buford Highway in Chamblee for the deal on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. He allegedly was planning to use the fake cash, which was made to be used in movies.

“They went into the apartment,” Capt. Ernesto Ford of Chamblee police previously told Channel 2 Action News. “At some point, the sellers realized the money was counterfeit and from there, it broke bad.”

A shootout erupted inside. A man was seen dangling from the balcony trying to escape the gunfire. The bullets continued flying outside.

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Police said one person from the buyer side was shot, as was one from the group selling. Investigators haven’t revealed which side Charlie Nelson was on.

The 32-year-old Henry County resident was shot in the head and died on the scene.

The warrants don’t accuse Hall of personally killing him. Instead, Hall is charged with felony murder, a crime that occurs under Georgia law when a person commits a felony, such as Hall’s conspiracy charge, that leads to the death of another. 

Hall was booked Monday and has no bond.

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