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Mistrial declared after alleged Facebook request

By Michael Davis

mdavis@news-daily.com

A man accused in a 2006 Clayton County shooting death is back in jail, after his bond was revoked over a Facebook message he allegedly sent to a juror hearing evidence in his trial.

Joseph Jerome Dedeaux, II, was on trial this week for the murder of 19-year-old Andrew Gibby and the shooting of Daniel Smith, a passenger in Gibby's car who was 18 at the time. The shootings happened Nov. 13, 2006 behind the Tara Boulevard Publix store in Lovejoy, police said. Authorities at the time alleged that Gibby met Dedeaux behind the store to sell Dedeaux some marijuana.

Dedeaux, and Dominic Stacey -- who was found guilty on murder charges in the case last year -- were allegedly going to steal the rims off of Gibby's Oldsmobile Cutlass when Stacey reportedly started firing into the car. Police said Gibby was shot twice in the neck and once in the head with a 9 mm handgun.

Smith was wounded in the shooting and Gibby's car crashed down an embankment, through a fence and into a retention pond in about four feet of water, police said at the time.

Dedeaux had reportedly been granted bond and released from jail in 2007, after a delay in the presentation of the case to a grand jury.

Court documents show that Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda Carter revoked his bond Wednesday "due to his actions in causing a mistrial in his case by making contact with a juror."

Clayton County Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco, who is prosecuting the case with Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green, said Friday that an investigation of the alleged contact is being conducted. "Allegedly, the defendant Facebook requested one of the jurors," he said. "The juror brought it to the court's attention."

According to online court records, the case has been placed back on a jury trial calendar for August. The attorney listed in online court records as representing Dedeaux, Theresa Hood, could not be reached for comment on Friday.