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Clayton County fatal-shooting trial under way

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The case of a Riverdale man charged with the alleged mistaken-identity shooting death of another man in 2007, is under way in Clayton County Superior Court.

Anthony Gibbs is charged with shooting and killing Kevin Jean-Jacques, 20, at the Majic Food Mart, located at 728 Mt. Zion Road., in Jonesboro, on Sept. 19, 2007.

The prosecution contends that Gibbs had mistaken Jean-Jacques for Jean-Jacques' brother, Allandale Jean-Jacques, who went by the street name "Dirty."

Gibbs believed that "Dirty" was one of three men who shot at Gibbs and a friend in 2005, leaving Gibbs with multiple gunshot wounds, and his friend with a gunshot wound to the right eye, said Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Sheryl Freeman, during an interview Tuesday.

"It was a case of mistaken identity," Freeman said.

A friend of Kevin Jean-Jacques (the victim), Alfred Wheeler, testified on the stand Tuesday, that Gibbs is the man who shot Kevin Jean-Jacques, while Wheeler and Jean-Jacques were seated in a Toyota Solara, in the parking lot of the Majic Food Mart, according to Freeman.

However, Clayton County Police Officer Jeffrey Burdette, a witness for the state, testified that there was no evidence at the Majic Food Mart "that would indicate a shooting had occurred there."

Another state witness, Clayton County Police Investigator Gail Butler, testified Tuesday that evidence from the car in which Wheeler and Jean-Jacques had been riding was consistent with someone having been shot in the vehicle.

"What ties the defendant to the victim is the identification by our witness, and his motive," said Freeman.

The state is expected to rest its case today, and the defense is then expected to call at least one witness, according to Freeman. The trial resumes at 9 a.m., today before Judge Albert Collier.