Wil­son con­victed in 2013 Rock­mart mur­der

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

Prose­cu­tors in Polk County got an­other win in court af­ter a jury handed down a con­vic­tion plea for a 2013 mur­der.

Ju­rors came back with a guilty plea on Oct. 4 against 39-year-old De­mon Eu­gene Wil­son of Rock­mart, who was charged and is now await­ing sen­tenc­ing for the shoot­ing death of Des­mond Kin­nemore in 2013.

Wil­son will now face ei­ther life with or with­out pa­role on charges of mur­der, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a crime, and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon, along with ag­gra­vated as­sault. Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Oct. 23.

He’d al­ready served a fed­eral prison term for the charges stem­ming from a pre­vi­ous firearm con­vic­tion, ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ryan Rem­sen, who han­dled the case for the state.

Ac­cord­ing to Rem­sen, he and Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tor Rick Poor pulled to­gether sev­eral pieces of a puz­zle to land a con­vic­tion in the case.

He said they were able to prove that Wil­son pulled up to the in­ter­sec­tion of Morgan Val­ley Road and Se­cond Street in Rock­mart on Jan. 8, 2013 and had a brief en­counter with Kin­nemore, who was 19 at the time of his death.

A pair of wit­nesses who saw Wil­son’s “red car” pull up on the street then watched as Kin­nemore be­gan to flee from the ve­hi­cle, and fell into the ditch be­fore the car sped away, all while gun­fire from what po­lice sus­pected was a .223 cal­iber as­sault ri­fle was go­ing off.

Wit­nesses pro­vided a de­scrip­tion of the car to po­lice, who later found it around the cor­ner ac­cord­ing to Rem­sen.

Though the bul­let that killed Kin­nemore was never found, po­lice said they be­lieved it was an AR-15 style weapon that killed him based on shell cas­ings found at the scene match­ing up to those found within Wil­son’s home and a cas­ing found within his ve­hi­cle.

“They all matched and had been cy­cled through the same firearm,” Rem­sen said.

He added that proof was pro­vided that Wil­son pre­vi­ously bought an AR-15 a few months prior from a rel­a­tive, and that was def­i­nitely the same per­son driv­ing the car based on video ev­i­dence from Rakestraw Au­to­mo­tive of Wil­son pick­ing up the car ear­lier that Jan­uary morn­ing.

“This was a case that tied a lot of cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence and they were able to tie to­gether and present a co­he­sive pic­ture to the jury as to what hap­pened,” Brown­ing said of the role of both his pros­e­cu­tion team and law en­force­ment in the case.

Wil­son, from 1998 to 2013 was deeply in­volved in drug dis­tri­bu­tion in Rock­mart ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous ar­rest records, and prose­cu­tors said he was pre­vi­ously on trial for mur­der in the early 2000s but was ac­quit­ted by a jury at the time.

“He was well known among the Polk County law en­force­ment com­mu­nity, and in Rock­mart specif­i­cally,” Brown­ing said.

Chief Keith Sor­rells of the Rock­mart Po­lice Depart­ment said that as much credit is de­served of his of­fice as it is other agen­cies, in­clud­ing those who helped on the case from the Polk County Po­lice and Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Ge­or­gia Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Bu­reau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco and Firearms oth­ers.

He said he didn’t know of Wil­son’s full back­ground, but that it was good to have him off the streets of Rock­mart.

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