Murder trial postponedPublished 6:35pm Friday, June 14, 2013
One of the two Atmore men charged in the shooting death of a business owner last June just blocks from Atmore Police Department was expected to be in court Monday facing a felony murder charge, but his case has been continued until July.
Escambia County District Attorney Steve Billy said the murder trial of 22-year-old Damien Deonshay Jones has been continued until Monday, July 22, at which time the jury selection process will begin. Jones also faces a charge of breaking and entering of a vehicle.
Jones was arrested in June 2012, along with then-16-year-old De’Anthony Dailey, after authorities found the body of 38-year-old Kendrick Lamon Dortch in front of a business he was operating at the corner of Rdigeley Street and North Second Avenue. Dortch was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the back.
Originally, Jones was charged with robbery in the first degree, relating to the burglary of a vehicle found on the premises, but Billy said a felony murder charge was added during a grand jury indictment in August of 2012 after additional evidence was uncovered.
“They charged him with burglary of a vehicle at the time of arrest,” Billy said. “After the investigation unfolded he was charged with felony murder. After we took the witness statements, we went ahead and indicted him.”
Dailey, who authorities said they believe pulled the trigger, was charged as an adult with capital murder and remains in jail at the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on no bond. A trial date for Dailey has not yet been set.
Jones also remains in jail in Brewton. His bond is set at $275,000.