DA seek­ing death penalty in Rock­mart mur­der case

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.com

What was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be an ar­raign­ment for a man ac­cused of killing four peo­ple on Jan. 24 ended when the Tal­lapoosa Cir­cuit Dis­trict At­tor­ney no­ti­fied the court he in­tends to seek the death penalty.

Day­lon Delon Gam­ble is charged with mur­der in the deaths of Helen Rose Mitchell, 48, and Jae­qunn Davis, 19, both of 503 Wil­liamson St., and of Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cum­mings, 26, both at 319 Rome St. in Rock­mart. Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jack Brown­ing said he filed pa­per­work just prior to the start of ar­raign­ment pro­ceed­ings on Mon­day morn­ing, July 29 be­fore Su­pe­rior Court Chief Judge Meng Lim just ahead of the start of the ar­raign­ment pro­ceed­ings.

The ar­raign­ment was post­poned since the judge felt Gam­ble’s at­tor­ney should be present now that it has be­come a cap­i­tal case. Gam­ble’s lawyer had pre­vi­ously sent in no­tice to waive his ar­raign­ment, a common oc­cur­rence in the court­room.

An ar­raign­ment is a crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ing where the de­fen­dant

is of­fi­cially called be­fore the court, in­formed of the crime there are ac­cused of and asked to en­ter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

No date is yet set for the con­tin­u­ance of pro­ceed­ings against Gam­ble.

Gam­ble was ar­rested in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana, days after re­port­edly flee­ing from two dif­fer­ent mur­der scenes. He was cap­tured and brought back to Polk County.

In an April court pro­ceed­ing, at­tor­neys for Gam­ble sought to have the ar­rest war­rants against him dis­missed.

The judge de­nied those mo­tions and ruled at the time there was prob­a­ble cause in is­su­ing the war­rants and enough ev­i­dence to pro­ceed in the case. That hear­ing in­cluded some of the state’s case against Gam­ble pro­vided by GBI Spe­cial Agent Amanda Carter.

She tes­ti­fied at the time that prior to the shoot­ings, Gam­ble was hang­ing out with Cum­mings and Perry along with witnesses up un­til 7:44 p.m. Dean­dre Cum­mings, the cousin of Dadrian “Wade” Cum­mings was the last to see the two alive after he left to go get milk for his kids, ac­cord­ing to Carter.

Carter also tes­ti­fied at the time that all five of the shoot­ing vic­tims, in­clud­ing the sole sur­vivor Peer­less Brown, were shot in the head.

Witnesses in the case said Gam­ble was be­lieved to be un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs at the time of the crime, Carter told the court.

Brown was in­ter­viewed twice by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, in­clud­ing a ses­sion with Carter

and Rock­mart po­lice de­tec­tives. He was able to iden­tify Gam­ble and knew him very well — the ac­cused shooter used to babysit him as a child.

The Dis­trict At­tor­ney had no fur­ther com­ment since the judge pre­vi­ously put a gag or­der in place on those in­volved in the case.

Day­lon Delon Gam­ble

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