One Pleads Guilty In 2012 Murder Of Atmore Businessman
July 23, 2013
An Atmore man entered a guilty plea Monday to the murder of an Atmore business man in 2012.
Damien Deonshay Jones entered the plea to charges of murder, first degree robbery and breaking and entering in connection with the robbery and shooting death of Kendrick Lamon Dortch. Authorities said Jones took part in the June 26, 2012, robbery, but was not the trigger man. Jones is expected to testify against his co-defendant, De’Athony Dailey, who was just 16 at the time of the shooting. Dailey will be tried as an adult.
Investigators said Dortch was a victim of a random robbery and did not know Jones or Dailey.
Dortch, 38, was discovered dead in the parking lot of his business, KLD Enterprises, at the intersection of Ridgeley Street and 2nd Avenue just before 5 a.m. June 26, 2012, by a passerby. He had been shot once in the back and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The business, which is a small auto detailing shop, was locked and secure. It appeared that Kendrick had been living in the business or his car. Dortch had hoped to open a game room in the building but had not yet acquired the license. He worked full time for Johnson Ford in Atmore..
Pictured: The scene were an Atmore businessman was found shot to death on June 26, 2012. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.