Witnesses in the first day of testimony in the murder trial of Shakeim Malcolm Dorsey told a Superior Court jury how a 2013 domestic situation in North Highland turned deadly.
Dorsey is on trial for the April 19, 2013, shooting death of Derickes Maurice Miles off Sixth Avenue, which is not far from Fox Elementary School and a former city fire station. Dorsey faces the possibility of life without parole if he is convicted in the homicide.
Dorsey and Miles knew each other because their girlfriends were cousins, according to testimony Tuesday. Dorsey was living with Iesha Wiggins in apartment C on 3413 Sixth Ave. at the time of the shooting. The two had a child who was less than a year old and had been living together for about two years, Wiggins told the court. Miles' girlfriend was Delinda Wiggins, who was Iesha Wiggins' first cousin.
Prior to the shooting, Dorsey and Iesha Wiggins had been arguing when she returned to the house after being gone for about an hour.
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"He said, 'What took you so long? Where have you been?'" Iesha Wiggins testified.
David Wiggins, Iesha Wiggins' cousin and Delinda Wiggins' brother, was at the apartment when Iesha Wiggins returned home.
"He told her, 'You ain't going nowhere; get the baby out of the car,'" David Wiggins said of the argument. "She was trying to explain herself to Malcolm."
David Wiggins and Dorsey got into an altercation and at some point, Dorsey showed a handgun but never pointed it at him, David Wiggins testified. David Wiggins said he tried to defuse the situation at that point.
Iesha Wiggins told the court she went outside when the two men began to fight and never saw a weapon.
Stacey Jackson, Dorsey's attorney, pointed out in cross-examination that David Wiggins started the altercation, not Dorsey.
"When Mr. Dorsey struck you, he was defending himself, right?" Jackson asked.
David Wiggins answered yes.
David Wiggins said he went outside where a friend was waiting in a car.
"I told her, 'Let's get out of here before something happens,'" David Wiggins told the court.
According to testimony, the situation turned deadly about five minutes later.
Miles, Delinda Wiggins and her sister, Alliyah Wiggins, were among four people who went to the apartment.
Miles and Alliyah Wiggins were at the door when they heard a hard knock, according to testimony.
Iesha Wiggins testified that she told Dorsey not to open the door.
"I didn't want anybody fighting in my house," she said.
Dorsey opened the door and Iesha Wiggins said it was not long after that she heard two gunshots.
The altercation spread from the porch into Sixth Avenue as Miles ran and Dorsey gave chase, according to testimony.
Michael Durfy owns an industrial maintenance business near where the shooting took place. Durfy testified he heard two gunshots and went outside to see what was happening.
"I saw a black female running, a black male running and another black male chasing," Durfy said.
About a minute later, he heard another shot, Durfy testified. Durfy went back into his business and got his secretary into a stairwell.
He said he could see the two men running alongside his business, which is in an old fire station, and then heard three more shots about two minutes after the single shot. Durfy testified he heard a total of six gunshots.
Durfy called 911 and went outside where he found a man moaning "in the fetal position" against the fence, Durfy said. The man who was shot was the one being chased, Durfy said.
Durfy, a gun owner, said the shots sounded like they came from a revolver, "either a .38 or a .32."
Dorsey was arrested later that day. Columbus Police Officer Will Bassett pulled over a vehicle being driven by Amber Moss and recognized Dorsey from a photo that had been circulated among law enforcement earlier in the day.
Moss testified that Dorsey was nervous when the car was pulled over.
"He said he had just killed someone," Moss testified.
Bassett took Dorsey into custody. Dorsey asked the officer if Miles "made it."
"He said a couple of guys jumped him and he heard one was in critical condition," Bassett said.
The trial continues this morning in front of Muscogee County Superior Court Senior Judge John Allen, who took the case earlier this week from Chief Superior Court Judge Gil McBride. Allen, who is retired, said McBride had a scheduling conflict.