- Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta man accused of strangling his grandfather after he refused to sell him prescription medication has been convicted of murder, armed robbery and additional charges.

The Cobb County District Attorney’s office says Casey Collins was found guilty Thursday in the May 2013 death of his 78-year-old grandfather Edward Smith.

Prosecutors say Collins and his then-girlfriend Sarah Cook attacked Smith after he refused to sell the pills. Investigators say Smith refused because Collins owed money for previous drug deals.

Authorities say Cook stabbed Smith and Collins strangled him with a belt. Prosecutors say the pair put Smith’s body in the back of his truck, covered him with a tarp and abandoned the vehicle days later.

Collins has yet to be sentenced. Cook was sentenced to 15 years in prison.



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