Man charged with murder after accomplice shot during DeKalb robbery

Martin Clive Leahing (Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
Martin Clive Leahing (Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

A 23-year-old Covington man is facing a murder charge in connection with the Aug. 27 shooting death of his alleged accomplice, police said Thursday.

Martin Clive Leahing and his accomplice, 20-year-old Cedric Spears, were committing an armed robbery with a handgun on Snapfinger Woods Drive in Decatur, DeKalb County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said.

When the man who was being robbed fired a weapon in self-defense, he killed Spears.

“The shooter will not be charged because he was the victim of an armed robbery. It is being classified as a justifiable homicide,” Lt. Lonzy Robertson previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Leahing is charged with murder because his alleged participation in a crime led to the death of his accomplice, Williams said.

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