Billingsley pleads in manslaughterPublished 11:41pm Monday, February 13, 2012
After pleading guilty to manslaughter, Dornell Billingsley was given a 20-year prison sentence by Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins.
The killing, District Attorney Michael Jackson said, began after an argument that began when Billingsley was standing in the street and would not move.
When the victim, Eric Walker attempted to drive through, an argument ensued and shots were fired.
“This was another senseless killing that could have been avoided,” he said. “Hopefully, this will help bring closure to Eric’s family. Dornell’s suitcase needs to be packed, because he will have a long time in prison to think about what he did.”
The case was prosecuted by Lloria James and Jimmy Thomas.
Billingsley got into a fight in the area of L.L. Anderson and Minter on Sept. 12, 2008. Someone fired shots and Walker got into his car and drove away.
Walker’s 1996 Ford Mustang struck a power pole at Church Street and Jeff Davis Avenue, said eyewitnesses, who asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution from others.
When he hit the pole, he flipped his car.
The accident shut down power in the area because an electrical box was on the power pole.