On Tuesday November 3, Dominick Wright was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma following a tip Crime Stoppers in Flint received which led them to Wright, a man wanted for allegedly shooting and killing Jermaine Moore in May of this year.
The Crime Stoppers agency was offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that would lead to Wright’s arrest, and while numerous tips were received, director Julie Lopez said one in particular led them to find the fugitive more than 900 miles away.
The shooting took place at just after 8:30 in the evening on May 27, as people gathered to mourn a man at a nearby park who had passed away after suffering a heart attack. Authorities believe Wright shot 35-year-old Jermaine Moore when the two became involved in a dispute over a parking spot.
At the time of the shooting, there had been a rash of shootings in the Flint area. Lopez was pleased that a Crime Stopper tip made it possible for police to track Wright, and said she wished more people realized they could call in a tip anonymously as it would help get dangerous criminals off the streets.
Wright is charged with three counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of open murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, second offense felony firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon.
If found guilty of the charges against him, Wright could face any number of years to life in prison. Open murder is a charge given when the prosecutor has not decided if the defendant will be charged with first- or second-degree murder. In most cases, the jury will determine which charge the defendant should face. Regardless, the punishment if convicted is severe and even life-changing.
Even those who have allegedly committed the most heinous crimes have the right to a fair trial. No matter how serious the offense is, every person in innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The outcome of many cases often hinges on the strength or weakness of the physical evidence. In some cases there is absolutely no physical or forensic evidence, no matching blood or DNA, nothing to prove the defendant committed the crime – yet the jury may find the defendant guilty. This is why it is so important to have a skilled and aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer on your side when facing criminal charges. How the jury will decide in many cases is anybody’s guess, regardless of the evidence or lack thereof.
If you have been arrested for any criminal offense or are under investigation and have not yet been arrested, consult with a seasoned Michigan criminal attorney immediately. The sooner work begins to protect your legal rights and freedom, the better the outcome.