Two witnesses testify in murder trial of Lincoln man

DOVER — A fatal shooting after a 2018 after-prom party followed a routine social contact, an 18-year-old Dover man testified at a murder trial on Monday.

The witness said he acknowledged females in a vehicle parked outside an event in the unit block of Mitscher Road in the early morning hours of May 13, 2018.

“I just said ‘hi,’ like a regular ‘hi,’ ” he said.

Ahmir Bailey

What allegedly followed was a back and forth verbal exchange and then the shooting death of Jameir Vann-Robinson, 20, of Smyrna. Lincoln resident Ahmir Bailey, 20, was charged with first-degree murder and other felonies following Dover Police investigation.

On Monday, Mr. Bailey’s defense team pointed to supposed inconsistent statements the witness made regarding Mr. Vann-Robinson’s behavior and whether it was aggressive or not. Attorney Zachary A. George questioned differing remarks made from the witness and during a Dover Police interview in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

The man said he didn’t see any faces during the exchange, noting “It was dark” and said he was surprised anyone was wounded based on the distance the gunshots came from.

While the man said he quickly drove a vehicle from the scene with Mr. Vann-Robinson inside initially, he took a delayed path to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, describing himself as “scared,” not wanting to make any police contact.

As to Mr. Vann-Robinson’s condition immediately afterward, the witness said “He wasn’t talking but I heard him. He wasn’t dead.”

Mr. Vann-Robinson died of a gunshot wound to the back shortly after arriving at the hospital, police said.

Under questioning by Deputy Attorney General Gregory R. Babowal, the witness said he had never seen Mr. Vann-Robinson possess a gun.

The morning session began with a woman identifying herself as Mr. Bailey’s ex-girlfriend on the stand. She testified that Mr. Vann-Robinson and another man began flirting as she and two other women sat in a vehicle outside the party around midnight. Marijuana had been smoked in the vehicle that night, she said.

Words were exchanged between the men and Mr. Bailey and co-defendant Eugene Riley, who has a separate ongoing case. While the woman said she heard gunshots she never saw a firearm at the scene.

The woman described Mr. Bailey and Mr. Riley as “paranoid” as the vehicle left the scene. While she returned home to Lincoln afterward she said she could not recall if Mr. Bailey was with them.

Mr. Bailey was arrested on May 14, 2018 and indicted on Nov. 5, 2018. He is being held by the Delaware Department of Correction.

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.

Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. is overseeing the proceedings.

About 20 of Mr. Vann-Robinson’s friends and family have regularly attended trial sessions since they began last week.

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