Jayaray Wilson was involved in another shooting with Desmond Gunn a week before Gunn was shot and killed in a Cusseta Road trailer park, according to witnesses testifying in Muscogee County Recorder’s Court hearing Thursday.
Wilson appeared at the hearing on charges of murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with Gunn’s death on New Year’s Day. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and his case was bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court.
Columbus police detective Andrew Tyner said the shooting on New Year’s Day stemmed from an argument Gunn and Wilson had on Christmas Day 2009, which ended with shots fired. He said Wilson told investigators he was visiting the trailer park with a friend with he got into an argument with Wilson over a dog. The dog belonged to neither man. Gunn left the area, then returned with a gun.
“The victim returned and fired shots in Wilson’s direction,” Tyner said. Wilson was not armed at the time.
Gunn and Wilson did not see each other again until New Year’s Day 2010. Wilson was again visiting the trailer park with a friend and this time, he brought a gun, Tyner said.
“The victim fired at him at least two times,” he said. “Wilson fired twice and saw the victim fall to the ground.” Wilson then got in a car with his friend and went to a hotel in Phenix City. Wilson turned himself into police on January 11th.
Tyner said there was some dispute among witnesses as to who shot first. Some said it was Wilson, he said. “Other witnesses said the victim fired first,” he said.
Arleen Jackson, a witness to both shootings on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, said she saw Gunn fires shots toward an area where Wilson was standing, then she saw Gunn fall to the ground.
“There were several statements indicating it was self defense,” Wilson’s attorney Mike Garner said after the hearing. “There was some conflict as to who fired first on the second occasion.”