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Augusta man convicted in murder trial

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 12:23 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 10, 2012 1:44 AM
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Justin Eric Dunn was convicted of seven crimes Thursday, including the 2011 murder of Marquette Woods.

J. Dunn
J. Dunn

Witnesses testified that Dunn and two co-defendants, his cousin Rodriquez Dontrey Dunn and Detrich D’Antonio Cooper, set up a drug deal at a house in the 200 block of Aragon Drive with the intention of robbing the dealers.

Rodriquez Dunn and Cooper are also charged with murder in the June 16, 2011, killing; their cases have not been resolved.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Easterling said Justin Dunn, 20, fired a shot inside the house that killed Woods. Dunn was convicted of malice and felony murder, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Dunn’s attorney, Lyndsey Hix, focused on what she called “conflicting and confusing testimony” from the witnesses and a lack of evidence to support certain claims.

With all of the missing elements, “maybe the person who shot Marquette Woods is missing,” Hix said.

Sentencing was delayed so Dunn’s attorneys can prepare mitigating evidence.

In another murder trial Thursday, Kevin Nixon strongly denied he was to blame for the fatal shooting of Naquan Henderson last year.

The recorded statement by Nixon to Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Beckman was played on the fourth day of Nixon’s trial on charges of malice and felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Gunfire erupted July 16, 2011, during a block party on Aspen Court. Prosecutors allege that at some point Nixon’s twin brother, Tevin Nixon, got into a fight that became a brawl.

In his statement to investigators, Nixon said he and his brother were harassed by a group of men.

In his attempt to get away, Nixon said, he picked up a gun from the grass and fired a shot at the men. Henderson, 18, was hit by the gunfire.

“I wasn’t trying to kill nobody,” Nixon told investigators.

Testimony is expected to resume this morning.

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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 08/10/12 - 08:40 am
I wasn't tryin to kill nobody

But you did! Why were you carrying a gun in the first place Dunn?
Protection you say? From who exactly?
From people who want to kill me?
Who is trying to kill you Mr. Dunn?
What do you mean you don't know? If someone was trying to kill me Mr.Dunn you can bet your butt I'd know who and why.
Ever heard of the Police Mr. Dunn?
Yeah they're always hassling me.
Why do you suppose that is Mr. Dunn?
I don't know.
Could it be your lengthy police record Mr. Dunn?
Everybody gots lengthy police records.
I Don't
Yeah well you're white.
Are you telling me that if I was black I too would have a Police record?
That's what I'm saying.
What would my police record be for Mr. Dunn.
I don't know.
Sure you do. THINK.
Think about what?
Think about your actions before you decided to pull out a gun and take another human being's life with it.
Hey nobody is going to disrespect me!
You showed them didn't you.
Yes I did.
Keep thinking about it and get back to me in say 50 years.
Why 50 years?
Too soon? Ok then 75 years provided you're still around. I hear prison food is to die for...litterally

JRC2024 09/08/12 - 09:47 pm
I wonder if he is being

I wonder if he is being respected now. I think not. He is where he belongs.

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