Houston & Peach

Houston grand jury indicts Macon man in fatal shooting

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury has handed down a 13-count indictment against a Macon man in connection with a fatal shooting May 29.

Jade Cortez Danielly, 22, was indicted Tuesday on one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of armed robbery and five counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

He also was indicted on one count of theft of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Danielly is accused of shooting 34-year-old Marcus Hopkins multiple times outside the Utah Avenue home Hopkins shared with his fiancee, Raveen Dinkins, and her 8-year-old daughter in Warner Robins.

According to the indictment, Danielly allegedly robbed Hopkins of an unspecified amount of marijuana.

Danielly is also accused of pointing a gun at Dinkins when she opened the front door after she said she “heard a big shove on the house to the point where the house shook.”

The morning after the shooting, Dinkins told The Telegraph that she closed the door and ran to get her gun and protect her daughter. When she couldn’t find her gun, she told her daughter to hide, and she heard gunshots go off.

She next found Hopkins in a pool of blood on his back in the front of the house. She said he was shot outside but had managed to make it into the home before collapsing.

The man who shot Hopkins, later identified as Danielly, fled in a two-door, red, older-model Ford Mustang drop top with the top down, Dinkins said.

Officers responding to the 911 call saw a car in the area right after the shooting that led them to Tanglewood Apartments, where Danielly was arrested, police said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.