JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Five suspects accused of breaking into a home and killing a man during a Super Bowl party last year were in court Wednesday morning, where they each pleaded not guilty.
Robert Jackson, Darrian Dontae Cooks, Sirmarrion Davis, Tykice Laddell Watts, and Michael Doss Jr. appeared in the Jackson County courtroom before Judge Robert Krebs. Each of the men are charged with capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
One after the other, the five men entered the courtroom in shackles.
After the charges were read, all five men pleaded not guilty. In addition to the capital murder charges, each is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
The five men are accused of breaking into a Moss Point home where a Super Bowl party was taking place February 4, 2018 and robbing the people inside. Witnesses at the party reported five or six men with guns bursting through the front door. Amid the screaming, shots rang out inside the home, which is located across the street from the high school.
During the chaos, 50-year-old Fabian Dwight Dailey was shot and killed. Family members are still reeling from the murder, but are doing their best to cope.
“There are occasions where we get together that some get a little emotional. But as a whole, we’re holding up very well,” said the victim’s sister Kathy Dailey.
She added that something else is also helping them hold up.
“The judicial process is great. They explained everything. The District Attorney’s office has been very helpful, and I’m very pleased with the process,” she said.
Two other men were also shot, suffering non-life threatening injuries. The crime was partially recorded on a Facebook Live video that was widely circulated on social media right after the shooting.
If found guilty, the five defendants can be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. Either way, it will take some time, according to Kathy Dailey.
“Justice goes very slow. But, I do believe that everything will be handled in the proper manner. Capital murder with death or life in prison, I haven’t decided.”
Ironically, members of the Dailey family, including Kathy, have feelings other than their own terrible and tragic loss of a loved one.
“I know these guys... they have families, and I mourn for them also,” she said.
During Wednesday morning’s arraignment, Judge Krebs appointed public defenders for each of the suspects and set a status hearing for March 21.