Richland County ‘cold case’ home invasion killing headed to court Monday

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 7, 2013 

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— More than a year ago, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced his department had resolved a 2005 “cold case” home invasion killing with the arrests of three local men.

Now the case of the shooting death of Antonio Corbitt is headed for trial Monday in Richland County as the three men facing murder charges in the incident are scheduled to appear in Richland County General Sessions court Monday before Circuit Judge Clifton Newman.

The three defendants are: Tavares World, 36, of Columbia; Gregg Isaac, 26, of Hopkins; and Vernorris Dixon, 37, of Columbia. All have been in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center since their arrests in the case in the spring of 2012. Besides murder, they also face robbery and conspiracy charges

In a statement Sunday, Lott praised his department’s forensic laboratory and fingerprint expert Diane Brodie for developing evidence — specifically a fingerprint taken at the scene – that led to the suspects’ arrests.

It was in April of 2012 that, with some of Corbitt’s relatives at his side, Lott held a widely publicized news conference to announce the trio’s arrests.

Incident reports and warrants in the case said that suspects kicked down Corbitt’s door at an apartment building at 3200 Fernandina Road “with the intention of robbing him of money and drugs.”

Corbitt, 29, was shot inside his apartment in front of his 8-year-old son. He then staggered outside and fell on his back, where he died, according to a sheriff’s incident report at the time.

There may be some additional courtroom drama Monday when trial begins.

Former 5th Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese is representing Dixon; opposing him is prosecutor Luck Campbell, whom Giese trained and supervised when he was the circuit’s top prosecutor. Campbell is now the circuit’s most experienced criminal prosecutor; her last case was earlier this year, when she convinced a jury to find Irmo bookie Brett Parker guilty of killing his wife and a fellow gambling associate.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.

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