Man convicted of killing his apparent drug dealer

A Palmetto man was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for shooting his apparent drug dealer to death, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Donald Deloatch, 46, was convicted of murder and felony murder in the death of 30-year-old Jermaine Bowlds, who was found Dec. 5, 2005 in the middle of a road in unincorporated Fulton County near Palmetto.

Deloatch took drugs and money from Bowlds before shooting him in the head, according to the news release.

Bowlds' body was found at the intersection of Ono and Wilkerson Mill Roads, while his vehicle was found a short distance away -- near Deloatch’s home. Phone records also connected Deloatch and Bowlds on the day of the killing, authorities said.

It was a year before a Coweta County Jail inmate told authorities about several armed robberies committed with Deloatch and linked him to a killing near Ono Road using Deloatch's own words.