Shawn Doby, 22, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court in connection with a robbery of a mother and daughter on Thomas Lane, and the attempted robbery of a Thomas Lane resident the following night.
The night of March 28, Carl Collins had just left home for work when his girlfriend, LaEigha Hayes, called him on his cellphone and said that a stranger had knocked on the door, telling her a story about Collins’ vehicle breaking down, according to Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers.
Collins returned to their Thomas Lane home, Myers said, and found Doby peeking into the windows. Collins confronted Doby and – after Doby pointed a handgun at him – shot him in the chest, Myers said.
It wasn’t the first time Doby has been shot. In July 2012 he was wounded in a drive-by shooting on Druid Park. The suspects were acquitted at trial in December.
It’s also not the first time Doby has faced criminal charges.
Doby was 16 years old when he was adjudicated a delinquent for committing aggravated assault in 2009.
As an adult, he has been convicted of property damage, reckless conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon.
In South Carolina, he has two convictions for assault and battery, Myers said.
Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet denied Doby’s request for bond, finding he posed a danger of committing additional crimes if released.
Collins, the man who shot Doby in March, was charged with possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. He was sentenced to two years on probation in June.