Crime

Second suspect in Pembrook Court homicide turns himself in

Sarah Robinson

srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

Jeremy Bernard Dixon
Jeremy Bernard Dixon

Columbus Police have arrested the second man allegedly linked to the July 20 shooting in which 38-year-old Johann Gamble was killed outside of his Pembrook Court home.

Jeremy Bernard Dixon, 27, of Columbus, who authorities identified as the shooter, turned himself in to authorities at the Columbus Public Safety Center Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. He's currently being held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond.

Jeremy Dixon joins his alleged accomplice Andre Demetrius Dixon, 32, of Columbus, who pleaded not guilty to the murder early Friday in Columbus Recorder's Court.

According to police Sgt. Michael Dahnke's court testimony, Gamble was walking to his 3807 Pembrook Court apartment on July 20 when Andre Dixon called him over to a nearby vehicle to speak with him.

At the time, Andre Dixon was standing in front of his 2012 Chevy Malibu and Jeremy Dixon was standing next to the driver's door, the Dahnke noted.

Authorities said Gamble's daughters, who also live in that apartment complex, went outside that same time. They witnessed Andre Dixon initiate an argument with their father that turned violent when the suspect allegedly struck Gamble in the face, according to police.

Dahnke said Gamble punched him back before attempting to leave the area. The victim was running away from the men when Jeremy Dixon fatally shot him in the back, the detective testified.

The daughters, who are between the ages of 10 and 12, witnessed the incident and ran back into their apartment, officials said.

Authorities said they were called to Pembrook Apartments around 9:36 p.m. and found Gamble suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was transported to Columbus Midtown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the back later that night at 10:19 p.m.

After interviewing the victim's daughters, police identified Andre and Jeremy Dixon as the individuals involved in the shooting.

Dixon's preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in Columbus Recorder's Court.

— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.

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