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Dawson man’s death penalty case will advance with new defense counsel
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Proceedings are moving forward in 47-year-old Jeremy Gibson’s death penalty case after one 

capital-certified attorney joined his defense team and another was announced to soon follow during a June 24 status hearing.  

Georgia Capital Defender Laura Cobb will serve as Gibson’s Second Chair, while another lawyer is expected to soon enter the case as the defendant’s First Chair.

Attorneys for the state’s Capital Defender Office act as public defenders for indigent defendants in death penalty cases. 

With the anticipated entry of the first chair, court dates in Gibson’s case are expected to be set in the coming months for attorneys to discuss a set number of motions.

Gibson is accused of allegedly shooting his wife, Amy, multiple times in front of their five and eight-year-old children in the Fire Station no. 7 parking lot on July 29, 2019. Firefighters 

and their family members were present at the time of the shooting. 

His and Amy’s two children, who were in her car during the incident, were uninjured. Her sister was later granted custody of the children. 

Gibson was arrested and later indicted on two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, family violence-related aggravated assault and possession of a firearm or knife during commission of a crime. 

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He has been detained at the Dawson County Detention Center since his arrest and is the jail’s longest inmate, having been there for almost three years. 

Previously, proceedings were delayed in part to allow Cobb, who was previously barred in Tennessee and North Carolina, to become barred in Georgia and also to allow for someone to make an entry of appearance as Gibson’s first-chair attorney, said Georgia Capital Defender Jerilyn Bell on June 24. 

Bell has been temporarily filling in with Gibson’s case to keep the court updated. 

This past fall, Gibson’s previous second chair withdrew from his case. Then, the head of the  regional capital defender’s office, which is based in Athens, stepped down from his position earlier in 2022. Typically, that person would serve as the first chair. 

During a previous March hearing, Bell explained that losing two attorneys around the same time in cases “doesn’t often happen.”

At that spring hearing, Senior Assistant District Attorney Conley Greer acknowledged how scheduling court dates has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a backlog of cases and a shortage of attorneys.

“The only thing I ask is that we get a trial date,” Greer said. “There is a victim in this case, and that family isn't satisfied at all with this.” 

“In the role in which I have now and the number of cases I have now, I’m not able to be in the case myself, so I have assigned somebody to take over the first position,” Bell said at the June hearing. “I wanted to make sure that even if we didn’t have a new attorney as the head of the Athens office, that we at least had somebody to come into Mr. Gibson’s case so that we could move it forward and start doing that [with updates].” 

DCN will continue following this capital court case.