The cops found Danielle Marshall’s bloody body crumpled in the kitchen, her nine-month-old daughter crawling around the Powder Springs home.
Outside was Joshua Maurice Gibson, who had called 911, in a plastic chair.
Five years later, Gibson sat in a Cobb County courtroom Wednesday listening to what a monster prosecutors claimed he was for killing the 23-year-old mother of his child.
Gibson’s defense attorney Thomas Griner said Gibson got worried that Marshall hadn’t been responding to his calls and texts so Gibson went to the house that night in January 2012. He claims he called 911 after she didn’t answer the door.
Marshall had been pistol-whipped and shot once in the head, said prosecutor Jesse Evans, who established a refrain early during opening statements: “This case is about domination, manipulation and control.”
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