Anthony Deshon Walker was gunning for Keith Turner the night he fatally shot Marvine Bailey outside her home on Forsyth Street in Columbus, prosecutors told jurors Monday during opening statements in Walker’s murder trial in Muscogee County Superior Court.
Walker and Turner were involved in a long-running feud in 2014 when Walker came looking for Turner and shot Bailey in the chest outside 2318 Forsyth St., where Turner sometimes hung out with Bailey’s son, said Assistant District Attorney George Lipscomb.
Lipscomb alleged Bailey’s shooting was just the latest barrage in a series of gunfire exchanges.
But it was not the last. The last was Turner’s fatal shooting a year later, when Walker was in jail for Bailey’s homicide.
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Lipscomb tried to clarify the feud with this sequence:
The feud started with confrontations over the 2013 holidays, the first one at Mario’s Restaurant & Pub, 1010 Broadway, followed by a second a week later at a place called Club Sky, then on Midtown Drive.
In early January 2014, Walker saw Turner following his car, and sped away, Lipscomb said.
Then the feud escalated: On Jan. 4, 2014, someone with a semi-automatic rifle shot up the Curry Street home where Walker’s mother lived. Walker suspected Turner, but would not cooperate with the police investigation, Lipscomb said.
Curry Street is off Buena Vista Road, near Steam Mill Road.
Turner was known to hang around Bailey’s home on Forsyth Street, off Buena Vista Road near Lawyer’s Lane. Bailey’s house was right across a tiny courtyard from 2322 Forsyth St., where her mother lived.
On Jan. 6, 2014, someone in a black car drove by shooting at the Forsyth Street homes. On Jan. 20, someone in a black car shot up the houses again, Lipscomb said.
Then came Jan. 25, 2014, when Bailey was home drinking with friends, talking about holding a Super Bowl party, and what food would be served. Those gathered were crossing the courtyard to use the restroom next door.
Sometime after 7:30 p.m., Bailey came out, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and walked over to use the restroom. Around the same time, a witness saw a black car come down the street.
Police believe Bailey was walking back home when Walker, seeing someone in a hooded sweatshirt where he expected to find Turner, opened fire with a .40-caliber pistol, Lipscomb said.
Hit in the chest, Bailey collapsed. Five more shots followed.
Relatives testifying Tuesday in Walker’s trial recalled hearing the gunfire and ducking for cover, grabbing children and telling them to stay down. When the shooting stopped, no one knew where Bailey was. The witnesses assumed that she, too, had taken cover.
They walked outside, calling her name, but could not see her in the dark. Finally someone turned on an outside light at a neighboring residence, and that’s when they found her on the ground, unresponsive.
“I was just holding her, trying to talk to her,” testified Terri Bailey, her sister.
Marvine Bailey, 47, had no enemies who would have targeted her, Terri Bailey said: “Everybody loved her.”
Other relatives in the courtroom burst into tears during Terri Bailey’s testimony, and rushed out to regain their composure.
Walker, who was 22, afterward drove to a home on Comer Avenue, bragging that he’d just unloaded a clip on Forsyth Street, Lipscomb said – but the news someone had been killed preceded him.
Witnesses reported Walker took the pistol’s clip and tossed it into a garbage can, Lipscomb said. Walker later that night left town, headed for Atlanta, but had to abandon a rented black Hyundai on I-185 north in Harris County, where the engine burned out, the prosecutor said.
After his arrest, Walker agreed to speak with investigators – for five hours. He told police he had spent that night holed up in a place he called “The Spot,” some apartments behind ball fields off Hamilton Road east of River Road.
That’s near Comer Avenue, where police later retrieved the bullets and clip Walker discarded after the shooting, Lipscomb said.
But authorities never found the gun, said defense attorney Stacey Jackson, and they have no witnesses who saw Walker on Forsyth Street that night.
Jackson told jurors that someone who wanted Turner dead succeeded – on July 11, 2015. Turner, 24, was killed in a drive-by shooting, around 3 a.m. on Interstate 185 northbound near the Cusseta Road exit, where traffic was diverted around the crime scene.
Having been arrested for Bailey’s death May 10, 2014, Walker was in jail then, Jackson noted.
Turner’s homicide remains unsolved.
Walker is charged with malice or intentional murder, felony murder for allegedly killing Bailey while committing the felony of aggravated assault, aggravated assault, and using a firearm to commit a felony.
The trial resumes Wednesday in Judge Ron Mullins’ court.