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Second shooting suspect faces trial

August 7, 2010

A second suspect has been indicted by the Oktibbeha County Grand Jury in the late February shooting of a Starkville man outside his North Montgomery Street apartment.
Friday morning, Antonio Rodrigues Hart, 29, of 508 Inca Drive was arraigned on indictments for aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling before Judge Jim Kitchens in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
Kitchens set Hart’s bond at $30,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for Nov. 1.
Hart and another man — Dionte Doss, 21, of 709 Roundhouse Road — now both face trial in the Feb. 27 shooting of a 23-year-old man outside his apartment — a shooting Police Department detectives have said stemmed from a conflict that began at a nightclub in another county.
In the shooting incident, the victim was getting out of his car between 2 and 3 a.m. to go inside his apartment when the two suspects — who he later identified as Doss and Hart — approached from nearby Mae Street and both began shooting at him, Starkville Police Department detectives said.
In addition to those bullets that struck him, multiple bullets also were fired toward the victim’s apartment, where his mother and multiple other family members were asleep inside, police detectives said. None of them were injured, detectives added.
Police initially responded to a report of gunshots in the area of the shooting, but an initial search of the area did not find anything, police detectives said.
Officers only learned the victim had been shot after medical staff members in the OCH Regional Medical Center emergency room
contacted police, detectives said.
The victim was treated for his injuries and later released, they added.
The victim, whose name is being withheld amid concerns for his continued safety, knew and identified both suspects because of an ongoing dispute with both of them and a conflict that had occurred at a nightclub outside Oktibbeha County, though police did not release the name of the club.
Hart was arrested at about 6 a.m. the day of the shooting after police officers were called to his home in response to an unrelated domestic dispute.
Doss was on the run for four days until turning himself in to police on March 3.

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