PASCAGOULA -- A Pascagoula man accused of shooting and wounding five people at a Moss Point business in 2011 testified in his defense Tuesday, denying any involvement in the shooting.
Dominic Robinson, 35, was on trial on five charges of aggravated assault accusing him of shooting two private security guards and three patrons March 6, 2011, at Creme De La Creme, a former restaurant turned rental facility for dances, weddings, parties, concerts and other events.
Judge Dale Harkey dismissed two of the charges against Robinson on Tuesday because two of the shooting victims could not be found to testify to their injuries in the trial.
Robinson is now on trial on three counts of aggravated assault, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison on each count.
Robinson, an electrician at Halter Marine and college graduate who said he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, said he arrived at the venue shortly before midnight March 5, 2011, to see a concert.
He said he was searched, then went inside and a "scuffle found me."
"I went to the VIP to get in," he said. "They mistook my identity for someone else. They grabbed me. They threw me on the ground and threw me outside the club."
Security officers then let him go, he said. He said he wasn't armed and didn't have a weapon on him.
"He (the security guard) took me out the front door," he said. "That's when I went to my car."
Afterward, he said, he left the venue and drove to Mobile to sell some of his own music CDs, then stayed the night with his grandmother. He said he didn't know about a shooting at the venue until he returned days later and went to a cousin's house. He said the cousin told him he needed to turn himself in and he asked, "For what?"
"Then she told me about what happened," he said. "That was on the 9th or the 10th (of March 2011)."
Robinson said he surrendered to authorities but never talked to police officers investigating the case.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence asked Robinson why the shooting victims and security guards identified him as the shooter if he wasn't at the scene.
Robinson said he had no idea. "I was jumped on in the club for no reason," he said. "I am not a problematic person. I am not in problems. I do not cause problems."
Lawrence and Assistant District Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk are prosecuting the case.
Defense attorneys George Shaddock and Richard Conant are representing Robinson.