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DeKalb murder suspect who’d been on bond in ‘lousy dad’ case arrested

A DeKalb County murder suspect free on $30,000 bond was arrested again this week after an indictment added new charges.

Robert Lee Hamilton Jr., 30, is accused in the Aug. 27, 2017, shooting death of Walter Leon Cook, 35, according to the indictment. Authorities have said the shooting ended an argument at Wesley Club Apartments off I-20.

Cook’s sister has a child with Hamilton and said she wanted him to leave because she was fed up with the “lousy father,” the initial report said. 

The indictment now accuses Hamilton of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman. (It isn’t clear if the woman was the sister.)


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Cook was shot twice, once in the chest, once in the right arm. Cook pulled his own gun out after he was shot and fired at least once, the report said.

He then ran inside his apartment and fell in the dining room as the shooter fled the scene. Hamilton was arrested a few days later.

Court records show Judge Linda Hunter granted him $75,000 bond 17 days later, which Judge Winston Bethel lowered to $30,000 in November.

Hamilton had no bond Friday.

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Police search for three people accused in the crime.

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