Macon – Bibb County jurors found a 27-year-old Macon man guilty of malice murder and felony murder Thursday in the 2018, shooting death of Jim Julian Baldwin II.
Tirell Darnell Mitchell additionally was found guilty of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Mitchell’s sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held Friday morning in Bibb County Superior Court.
During the three-day trial, prosecutors Shelley Milton and Jonathan Gordon presented evidence showing:
Witnesses testified that Mitchell’s girlfriend was at a relative’s home on Berkner Avenue on the night of April 13, 2018. She and Mitchell had argued earlier in the day. Later that night, Mitchell arrived and found her at the house with the 44-year-old Baldwin and some friends. An argument ensued as people in the house told Mitchell to leave.
Witnesses said Mitchell was angry and refused to leave or to allow Baldwin to leave. Baldwin and Mitchell began to tussle. Then Mitchell shot Baldwin in the leg at close range. Evidence and testimony showed the imprint from the gun’s muzzle was imprinted on Baldwin’s thigh.
After being shot, Baldwin ran toward his sister’s house around the corner on Saint Claire Street. He collapsed at the driveway entrance. Bibb County deputies and an ambulance crew were called just after 1 a.m. on April 14, 2018. Baldwin died at a local hospital shortly after his arrival.
Mitchell was charged with murder later that day.
Speaking after the verdict, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Too many young men in our community are reaching for guns to settle their disputes. In this case, it cost Mr. Baldwin his life and Mr. Mitchell his freedom. I hope this verdict sends a message that guns have no place in an argument.”
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