Firearms in spotlight as Dover murder trial begins

DOVER — As a Dover murder trial began this week, the defense questioned finding just one of at least two firearms supposedly at the scene last year in the case against 20-year-old Lincoln resident Ahmir Bailey.

Jameir Vann-Robinson, 20, of Smyrna, died from wounds after being shot following an initial verbal confrontation on May 13, 2018 in the unit block of Mitscher Drive, Dover Police said at the time.

Ahmir Bailey

While a .40 caliber weapon was supposedly located with co-defendant Eugene Riley’s DNA on it, according to the defense, different shell casings were found at the scene and indicated at least one other weapon was present. Mr. Riley is facing a separate case in the matter.

The defense also planned to reference Mr. Vann-Robinson’s alleged aggressive behavior towards the defendants as a party broke up. Mr. Bailey, Mr. Riley and two females were in a vehicle when approached at around 2 a.m., according to attorneys Zachary A. George and Andre’ Beauregard.

Deputy Attorneys General Gregory R. Babowal and Kevin Smith plan to introduce evidence they say shows that Mr. Vann-Robinson was killed by a stolen 9-millimeter handgun in Mr. Bailey’s possession. Prosecutors have alleged that the supposed murder weapon was sold soon after the incident.

The prosecution’s first witness was a Lincoln man who testified that two Smith and Wesson 9-millimeter handguns and a .40 caliber firearm were stolen from his home on May 10, 2018, along with the safe that held them and multiple magazines/clips. There was no sign of a break-in or point of entry, according to a responding Delaware State Police trooper who also testified that no fingerprints or witnesses were located.

Mr. Bailey was arrested on May 14, 2018 and indicted on Nov. 5, 2018.

Charges include first-degree murder and attempted murder, along with multiple counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, shoplifting, conspiracy, burglary, possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited and theft.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

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