Jan 28, 2008

The evidence clicked. It added up.

A single .40-caliber shell casing was lying on the floor of the Chevy Impala. Blood covered the inside of the window on the passenger's side and Corey Robbins was in the seat, face-down, dead. He had been shot in the head.

The original 911 call told police the incident was a drive-by shooting. On Dec. 20, when Clayton County police officers and Detective Scott Eskew arrived at the intersection of McFerrin Place and Hayes Drive, they saw the Impala crashed into a chain link fence. They heard Robbins' girlfriend, Shante Buckley asking if her "baby" was OK.

Buckley was in a blue, Pontiac Bonneville, and said she was at a drug store down the street when Robbins called her on her cell phone and said something was wrong. Residents, though, said they saw a blue Bonneville racing down the street after the Impala and saw gunfire exchanged between the two cars, a couple of blocks south of Southern Regional Medical Center.

Police found three bullet holes in the side of the Bonneville. They called them "unexplained." They found the Impala did not belong to Robbins. It was registered to a man named Eric Lindell Bivins. Police found four 9 mm shell casings in the street, at the scene of the shooting. They found a .40-caliber gun on the ground outside the Impala, but the bullets in the gun did not match the brand found on the floor of the car.

Looking at the evidence, Eskew said there were three guns: A .40 for the driver, a .40 for the dead passenger, and a 9 mm out on the street.

Police found seven grams of marijuana on the floor of the Impala, and the evidence clicked. It added up. This was not a drive-by. It was not random. This was a drug deal turned shoot-out.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Police: Car crash shooting may be justified homicide