The trial for two men accused of shooting Mercer University basketball player Jibri Bryan has been postponed.
Bryan was shot and killed outside a Macon Flash Foods gas station in February 2016. The trial was scheduled to start in August.
In April of 2016, a Bibb County grand jury indicted Damion Henderson on nine charges connected to Bryan's killing and Jarvis Miller on seven. Both men are charged with malice murder and felony murder.
Assistant District Attorney, Sandra Matson said she filed a motion last week to delay the trial.
According to David Cooke, the Attorney’s office discovered a new incident, an alleged Alabama shooting, possibly involving one of the defendants.
“We believe that incident in Alabama would be useful in our trial and so we’re going to be asking the judge to allow that other incident in the trial, because we believe it could show intent or motive on behalf of the defendants,” says Cooke.
Cooke says prosecutors are interviewing witnesses of the alleged Alabama shooting and obtaining information on any DNA forensic evidence.
According to court documents filed on Aug. 14, 2017, the District Attorney's office wants to include evidence from a December 2015 aggravated assault involving Damion Henderson in Madison, Alabama.
Cooke could not describe the incident in detail, but says they believe the evidence is relevant and will ask the judge to admit the evidence into court.
According to Cooke, the case is indicted and will possibly be rescheduled soon, the District Attorney’s office is aiming for October.
“We look forward to the day that we go to trial and we want to get justice for Jibri, the community, and his family,” says Cooke.
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