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LaGrange Man Charged with Murder of Teen Found Dead in Car

Police have identified and arrested a man believed to be responsible for the death of 18-year-old Malenko Cooley, who was found deceased with gunshot wounds in a vehicle on Spring Road in LaGrange.

LaGrange Police arrested Marquaveous Harris, of Timothy Street, in LaGrange, after a joint investigation with the Newnan Police Department revealed that Cooley was shot during an alleged Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault that occurred in Newnan.

Police say Cooley was then driven to LaGrange, where he was left in his car and later found deceased by LaGrange Police on January 22. Harris was subsequently arrested by LaGrange Police.

Newnan Police were initially called to the Newnan Crossing Apartments on January 20 in reference to reports of a person who was shot. Investigators were later told that Cooley and Harris had come to the apartment to have the resident keep a gun for them. The resident believed the two were there to rob him and a physical altercation began between the undisclosed resident and Cooley.

During the fight, Harris drew a handgun and began firing at the resident, striking both the resident multiple times, along with Cooley. Harris and Cooley then reportedly fled and the resident called for help.

The resident was later transported to an Atlanta area hospital for emergency treatment. As of last report, he is in stable condition and recovering.

Police later determined that a Kia passenger vehicle, registered to a relative of Cooley, had been seen leaving the area and headed toward LaGrange on I-85.

A couple days later, La-Grange Police received information that Cooley was possibly in the area of Mooty Bridge Road near Walmart Road, and later located him deceased in his vehicle in the 100 block of Spring Street around 1 a.m.

Cooley was determined to have been shot in the upper torso, which caused his death.

After Harris was identified as a suspect in Cooley’s death, he turned himself in at the LaGrange Police Department and indicated he was involved in the incident.

As a result of the investigation, Harris, age 19, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Concealing the Death of a Person by LaGrange Police. Newnan Police have charged Harris with Murder, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, and other related charges.

This incident is still under active investigation by both the LaGrange and Newnan Police Departments.

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