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Accused getaway drivers case in alleged drug deal, shooting moves to Superior Court
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Evan Dorsey is led out of the courtroom Monday during his committal hearing in the Hall County Magistrate Court. Dorsey is the alleged getaway driver in an armed robbery costing a man his eye. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A Gainesville Police investigator testified Monday about the acused getaway driver in an alleged drug deal and shooting that resulted in a man losing an eye.

Evan Edsel Dorsey, 26, of Buford, appeared in Magistrate Court regarding charges of aggravated battery and armed robbery. Co-defendants Johnathan William Owens, 27, of Gillsville, and Richard Brian Sosebee, 41, of Lula, came before the judge Dec. 5, and their cases moved on to Superior Court.

Investigator Brad Raper testified about a car chase and the alleged preceding drug deal, where a man was shot. The Northeast Georgia Medical Center doctor treating the victim told Raper the bullet “exploded the eye.”

Raper said Owens allegedly facilitated the drug deal and met the victim at Harrison Square with Sosebee and Dorsey.

“Once he got into the vehicle, Dorsey advised that (Sosebee) pulled out the gun and told (the victim) to give him everything he had, and that the shooting actually happened in the vehicle,” Raper said at the previous committal hearing.

Law enforcement followed the suspects’ car to the Harmony Church Road area, where Raper said Dorsey was driving and Sosebee was the passenger.

Raper said a search of the vehicle yielded two bags of methamphetamine beside the gearshift and amounts of synthetic marijuana under the seats.

The suspected drugs were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for verification, Raper said.

“The only money that I found throughout this entire case was $20 in Mr. Sosebee’s wallet,” Raper said.

Dorsey’s attorney Lee Parks questioned about how the drugs were going to be purchased, which Raper said he did not know.

Parks reiterated the arguments of Owens’ attorney Blake Poole from the earlier committal hearing about his client not knowing about any alleged armed robbery plan.

“While there was evidence that Mr. Dorsey was going to be involved in a drug deal, there is no evidence that he knew that Mr. Sosebee had a gun,” Parks said.

Dorsey’s case moved on to Superior Court as charged.

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