Man found guilty in McDuffie slaying

23-year-old guilty of felony murder

THOMSON — An Augusta man charged in the 2010 shooting death of a Dearing man will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

McDuffie County Superior Court Chief Judge Roger Dunaway issued a bench trial verdict Friday against Dexter Jones, 23, finding him guilty of felony murder in the death of Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson.

Jones was also found guilty of aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was found not guilty of malice murder.

Attorney M.J. Booker asked Dunaway for leniency and to consider Jones’ age.

According to court testimony, Jones and two others met with Johnson in December 2010 to buy a half-pound of marijuana. While on the way to meet Johnson, however, Jones showed a gun to the two men with him and suggested they rob Johnson of the marijuana.

The two co-defendants in the case, Calvin Curtis and Jatheus D’Mario Bennett, said they were in the car at the time of the shooting. Both men pleaded guilty and testified against Jones during this week’s trial.

Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis Sanders called the judge’s decision important.

“Today’s verdict shows that all victims are protected by the criminal justice system,” he said. “When you commit the crime of murder you will be held accountable for your actions, regardless of what you or the victim may be doing at the time.”

Sentencing for the two co-defendants will take place at a later date.

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