Witnesses testify in trial for fatal parking garage shooting


Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.

Witnesses on Tuesday described the 2011 shooting in a downtown Gainesville parking garage of an Atlanta man who was in town for a funeral as the trial of the suspect got underway.

Brandon Brashod Wilson, 21, of Lake City, is accused of killing Artel Dubose, 30, in the city of Gainesville's garage on Southwest First Avenue and Second Street on Oct. 23, 2011, following an argument that began in a nearby club.

Dubose was in North Florida to attend a relative's funeral. Witnesses told police the incident began as an argument inside the Plasma Lounge at 7 SW Second St. Three men from the Lake City area began arguing with a group of three or four other men that included Dubose, according to police.

The two groups re-engaged in arguing in the parking garage. Witnesses said someone from the Lake City-area group threw a punch, and one of the men from Dubose's group fell to the ground.

Dubose was helping that man to his feet when, according to police, the shooter fired once in the air and then fired a second time with the gun pointed toward Dubose and the man Dubose was helping. The second shot hit Dubose in the head, police said.

Police arrested Wilson a short time later on charges of first-degree murder and armed burglary.

Darry Lloyd, spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office, said among those testifying Tuesday were witnesses to the shooting, including family members of Dubose. Also testifying were police who responded to the shooting.

Expert witnesses and more police officers are expected to testify as the trial continues this week. Lloyd said the trial is expected to finish by Friday.

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