A Columbus teenager made his first court appearance this morning to answer to murder charges in a January shooting.
Dorian Gibson, 50, was shot multiple times at Warren Williams Homes in Midtown Columbus.
Police say the shooting was the result of an ongoing feud between two families and Gibson stepped into the middle of it trying to help a longtime friend.
Jones was in a large group that police say was attacking a woman who lived in the 101 building at Warren Williams. That woman and another group had gone back and forth at least three times that day.
A group of about seven people that included Jones went from the 107 building to the 101 building, which is about 100 yards.
There they began to beat the woman. Police say Gibson became involved in the fight when he attempted to help the woman who was being beaten.
During that fight, Gibson punched Jones in the face. Jones had a .380 handgun and shot Gibson twice, once in the chest and the second time in the abdomen.
Police Sgt. Dexter Wysinger told the court that multiple witnesses identified Jones as the shooter. He said that the downward trajectory of the second shot indicated that Gibson was on the ground when he was shot/
Jones’ defense attorney — William Kendrick — appeared to be making a case for self defense. He pointed out that Gibson was much larger than Jones.
“It does seem like the bullet-trajectory information and the other eyewitness testimony tends to show that I believe Mr. Gibson was punching someone and was an aggressor when he was shot,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick says this is case could fall under Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law.
“All I am saying, is the law allows you not to get your behind whooped,” Kendrick said. “… Sorry, no one has a right to put their hands on you and hurt you. And if they are doing that, then you have a right to defend yourself.”
(a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force; however, except as provided in Code Section 16-3-23 , a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
(b) A person is not justified in using force under the circumstances specified in subsection (a) of this Code section if he:
(1) Initially provokes the use of force against himself with the intent to use such force as an excuse to inflict bodily harm upon the assailant;
(2) Is attempting to commit, committing, or fleeing after the commission or attempted commission of a felony; or
(3) Was the aggressor or was engaged in a combat by agreement unless he withdraws from the encounter and effectively communicates to such other person his intent to do so and the other, notwithstanding, continues or threatens to continue the use of unlawful force.
(c) Any rule, regulation, or policy of any agency of the state or any ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or policy of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state which is in conflict with this Code section shall be null, void, and of no force and effect.
(d) In a prosecution for murder or manslaughter, if a defendant raises as a defense a justification provided by subsection (a) of this Code section, the defendant, in order to establish the defendant’s reasonable belief that the use of force or deadly force was immediately necessary, may be permitted to offer:
(1) Relevant evidence that the defendant had been the victim of acts of family violence or child abuse committed by the deceased, as such acts are described in Code Sections 19-13-1 and 19-15-1 , respectively; and
(2) Relevant expert testimony regarding the condition of the mind of the defendant at the time of the offense, including those relevant facts and circumstances relating to the family violence or child abuse that are the bases of the expert’s opinion.Georgia Code
Court testimony indicated that police have not recovered the firearm that they believe was used in the murder.
Judge Julius Hunter ordered Jones held without bond on the murder charge. The judge bound the case over to Muscogee County Superior Court.
Jones turned himself in to police late last week after the arrest warrant was issued. Greg, back to you.