Homicide hearing in Friday's fatal shooting on Sixth Avenue postponed

Police say fatal shooting stemmed from continuing family violence

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comApril 22, 2013 

A preliminary hearing for the man charged in last week’s fatal shooting on Sixth Avenue just south of Fox Elementary School has been postponed until Friday.

Charged with murder in the death of Derickes Maurice Miles, Shakeim Malcolm Dorsey was to have a hearing Monday at 2 p.m., but that was postponed because defense attorney Stacey Jackson could not be there due to cases he had pending in Muscogee Superior Court.

Dorsey’s other charges include aggravated assault and using a firearm to commit a crime.

Police said the homicide stemmed from a troubled relationship with a long history of family violence. It came to climax about 1 p.m. Friday when a disturbance at 3413-C Sixth Ave. escalated into gunfire.

Miles and a woman had gone there to check on someone who reportedly was being assaulted, detectives said. When the shooting started, Miles and a 16-year-old girl fled the residence, and Miles was shot in the back as he ran across the avenue and collapsed beside Ridgecrest Baptist Church, officers said.

He was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at The Medical Center at 2:07 p.m. The girl was not injured, police said.

Witnesses said Dorsey fled with a handgun after the shooting, running west to Fifth Avenue and then turning south. Police said officers with a special operations unit arrested Dorsey during a traffic stop around 6 p.m. Friday near 38th Street and Third Avenue. While questioning the stopped vehicle’s four occupants, an officer saw one matched Dorsey’s description, investigators said.

Miles is Columbus’ 10th homicide victim so far this year.

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