Augusta man convicted in murder trial

J. Dunn

Justin Eric Dunn was convicted of seven crimes Thursday, including the 2011 murder of Marquette Woods.

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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