The attorney says a dispute over the gun issue led to a confrontation before the fatal shooting in Columbus

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A suspect on trial for murder was angry about being charged with a gun so the Columbus man accused of killing him could go free, and he’s made no secret of it, a defense attorney said Wednesday.

That’s what led to a street confrontation on Jan. 20, 2021, between Dukes and Dintee Carruthers, said William Kendrick, Carruthers’ attorney.

He was shot three times on Bayberry Road, in a neighborhood off Buena Vista Road where law enforcement is stationed Cameras captured part of the confrontation Dukes was driving his white BMW convertible on Moy Road, a few miles away, when he crashed the car on a curve, bleeding from his injuries.

The police were called to record the car accident for him On the body cam it says “Deante Caruthers.” That footage was shown to the jury on Wednesday.

Dukes, 38, He died on his way to the hospital The authorities said.

Court records show Dukes and Carruthers were jointly charged with possession of a stolen weapon on Dec. 18, 2018. Dukes was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, stemming from a 2004 conviction for unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.

The charges against him were listed in July 2019, as Carruthers pleaded guilty to the firearms offence. Carruthers was sentenced to five years of probation. As a first-time offender with no prior conviction, his record would have been expunged had he completed probation.

Kendrick said Carruthers complained bitterly about taking the blame, and Dukes heard about it. He said the two men met at a friend’s house before their cars were recorded driving down Bayberry Drive and stopping, with the pair facing each other.

Kendrick said Dukes was the aggressor, and pointed his gun at Carruthers first. The attorney did not say that Carruthers shot Dukes, but that he was justified in doing so under Georgia’s self-defense law.

Prosecutor Austin Hammock, who is not required by law to show a motive for the shooting, told the jury he had enough evidence to prove Carruthers’ guilt, including security camera video, Duke’s dying words on a body camera, cell phone tracking and eyewitnesses.

After arguments began on Wednesday morning, the prosecution obtained testimony from seven witnesses before court reconvened that afternoon. Lawyers expected the trial to continue until Monday.

Besides murder, Carruthers is charged with aggravated assault and two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is 32 years old.

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