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Trinity Wayne Bussler

CONYERS — A Covington man already charged with murder in the 2018 shooting of a woman in Lakeview Estates is now facing another murder charge in the June 5 slaying of an inmate at Baldwin State Prison in Milledgeville.

Trinity Wayne Bussler, along with Timothy Paul Dunigan of Statesboro, has been charged in the killing of David Michael Watson. Bussler was serving a sentence for burglary and false imprisonment from Rockdale County, and Dunigan was serving a sentence of armed robbery from Bulloch County. Watson was serving a 25-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault.

According to WGXA TV in Macon, Bussler and Dunigan were served warrants for murder and booked into the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center on June 19. They have since been transferred to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Butts County.

Bussler is scheduled to go on trial in Conyers on Sept. 11 in connection with the Aug. 30, 2018, shooting death of Yaritza Cerda, 26, of Conyers. Her body was found on Frontier Road in Lakeview Estates.

After an extensive investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Bussler was identified as a person of interest in the murder. He was located Sept. 2 hiding inside a residence just inside of DeKalb County off Old Covington Highway and was taken into custody without incident.

He is facing charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Bussler had been found guilty in 2011 in Rockdale County on charges of burglary and false imprisonment and had just been released on probation in May 2018 from Hays State Prison after serving six years of a 20-year sentence. He had been sent to Baldwin State Prison to serve the remainder of his sentence for violating his probation.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.