By Linda Looney-Bond
A Hampton man has been found guilty in the shooting death of one man, and the wounding of another, during a 2006 drug deal behind a Hampton grocery store.
Friday, July 17, In Clayton County Superior Court, a jury found Dominic Stacey, 20, guilty of shooting to death Andrew Gibby, 19, and wounding Daniel Smith, a passenger in Gibby's car.
Stacey was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes, theft by receiving, and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
The jury was hung on one count of aggravated assault with the intent to rob, and one count of criminal, attempted armed robbery.
Those two charges were due to the prosecution's contention that Stacey shot Gibby in an attempt to steal Gibby's Oldsmobile Cutlass.
The theft by receiving charge stemmed from the murder weapon, a Ruger pistol, which police say had been stolen from a home in Hampton on Oct. 29, 2006.
Stacey could face life, plus 55 years in prison, according to Clayton County Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco, who prosecuted the case, along with Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green.
Judge Geronda Carter deferred sentencing until a later date, to be determined, according to Tanjuatco.
The shooting incidents occurred Nov. 13, 2006 behind the Publix grocery store located at 11155 Tara Boulevard in Hampton, according to court records. Stacey shot Gibby four times in the neck and head area, and once in the arm, according to Tanjuatco.
Stacey told police that he shot Gibby in self-defense, Tanjuatco said. However, according to the application for the arrest warrant, Stacey also told police Gibby was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
When Stacey opened fire, Daniel Smith, the passenger in Gibby's car, was shot once in the left shoulder, and a bullet grazed his head, court records state.
"The white Cutlass [Gibby was driving] flew over the fence and into the retention pond," said Tanjuatco.
"In freezing water, Sgt. Byron Palmer [Clayton County Police] dove into the water and rescued Daniel Smith, who was screaming for help," Tanjuatco said.
Smith has recovered from his injuries, according to Tanjuatco. "He's still got the bullet in his shoulder," Tanjuatco said.
A co-defendant in the case, Joseph Jerome Dedeaux, who lived in Lovejoy at the time of the incident, was indicted along with Stacey, and faces nine charges, including malice murder and felony murder.
Dedeaux is currently out on bond and living in Alabama, according to Executive Assistant District Attorney Green. No trial date has been scheduled for Dedeaux, Green said.