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Drug dealer guilty of shooting suspected informant 6 times during exchange

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During a drug deal, a man started to suspect that the other party was an informant and opened fire, shooting the man six times in Douglas County.

On Tuesday, James Anthony White was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the district attorney’s office. He also has a history of assaulting a police officer in Fulton County, prosecutors said.

Investigators said on Oct. 27, 2012 White, a known drug dealer, was going to make a drug sale with the victim and a friend of the victim when at some point on during the drug exchange he began to believe the victim was an informant for the police and opened fire, prosecutors said.

White shot the man six times and then fled, but the GBI was later able to link him to the vehicle driven during the drug deal; it was the same vehicle he was driving in Fulton County when he was arrested and later convicted of drawing a gun on a police officer at the time, prosecutors said. They did not say if it was the same gun used in the shooting.

There was no report that the friend of the victim was injured in the shooting and officials have not said why White believed the drug dealer was an informant. White is expected to be senteced on Aug. 27, Assistant District Attorney David Emadi said.

“The evidence we presented at trial showed the Defendant has absolutely no respect for human life, and everyone in this county deserves to walk the streets of Douglas County and be safe from criminals like James Anthony White,” Assistant District Attorney Lynne Voelker said.