Planned robbery turned into fatal shooting, accused accomplice testifies

Brett A. Scott

DOVER — The plan was to conduct a “grab his stuff type robbery,” an alleged accomplice claimed Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court.

Instead, according to Dover Police, Dequan Dukes was shot to death on June 27, 2017, after allegedly exchanging gunfire with Brett A. Scott, who is now on trial for first-degree murder and other charges.

Lisa Wagaman, also charged in the case and scheduled for trial this fall, testified that she saw Mr. Scott approach the vehicle Mr. Dukes was shot in while parked at the Pine Grove Apartments complex. But, she didn’t see him with a firearm and only heard gunshots after she had walked away from the scene and toward a building, she testified.

According to Ms. Wagman she “wasn’t feeling it” about the meeting she arranged with Mr. Dukes.

The meeting was supposedly set up to steal a bag full of drugs and money with the assistance of two other men also charged in the case.

The plan, according to Ms. Wagaman, was for her to keep Mr. Dukes occupied in the front seat while an alleged accomplice opened the vehicle’s back door and took the bag.

As Ms. Wagaman exited the vehicle, she said Mr. Scott approached and asked Mr. Dukes for a cigarette as she walked away and never turned around.

After the gunfire, she said she ran into an apartment building.

Earlier in the day, a Dover Police detective testified that blood evidence placed Mr. Scott at the scene, along with Mr. Dukes’ DNA on a 9mm semiautomatic firearm found inside his vehicle.

A medical examiner’s report determined that Mr. Dukes died from a gunshot wound to the chest, with lacerations to his heart and lungs.

Mr. Scott was dropped off at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover with wounds to the chest, ankle and hands said the prosecution.

A video of the sequence was shown to the jury with the detective on the witness stand.

The detective testified to finding four casings from the gun that Mr. Dukes supposedly possessed, and nine casings from another firearm that was not located.

According to Ms. Wagaman, the alleged robbery plan began when another man also charged in the case supposedly found Instagram photos and video on her phone of Mr. Dukes holding up money.

“He told me to text him, call him, to get him for his money,” Ms. Wagaman said.

According to Ms. Wagaman, “We were after the bag, and drugs and the money” he usually carried.

When interviewed by police later, Ms. Wagaman said she was not honest and didn’t mention the other man “in a lot of stuff” because she was scared of him.

Also, Ms. Wagaman said she was a heavy drug user at the time who began her day by getting high on heroin and cocaine.

According to her, Mr. Dukes was smoking a marijuana blunt just before she left the vehicle.

Mr. Scott is also charged with first-degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy.

He’s being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Deputy Attorneys General Jason C. Cohee and Stephen E. Smith are prosecuting the case. Attorney Patrick J. Collins is representing Mr. Scott. Judge Jeffrey J. Clark is overseeing the trial.

The trial was delayed briefly after a person in the packed courtroom began crying before leaving as a photo of the deceased Mr. Dukes was shown on a large screen to jurors.

The day began with a juror being dismissed after she supposedly spoke of being involved in a similar case and that “it was getting to her,” another juror told the Court. That left 12 women and two men on the jury.

The trial is scheduled to resume today at 10 a.m.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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