Grantville Man Sentenced to Life for Murder of Teen and Robbery in Newnan Shooting

Grantville Man Sentenced to Life for Murder of Teen and Robbery in Newnan Shooting
Derrious Bernard Daniel

On May 10, 2024, a Coweta County Jury found Derrious Bernard Daniel, 22, of Grantville, Georgia, guilty of Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, three counts of Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony in connection with the shooting death of Dustin Scott Parrott on February 17, 2023, in Newnan, Georgia. Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Daniel to Life Imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Assistant District Attorney Magen Bateman prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Newnan Police Department Detective Kenneth Horace. The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, including the late K9 Deputy Eric Minix, also responded to the scene and provided immediate assistance.

Evidence presented during the trial showed that on February 17, 2023, Parrott and two other males drove into Newnan to sell marijuana. Daniel approached their car under the pretense of buying marijuana, armed with a firearm and intending to rob them. Text messages and witness testimony supported this intention.

At the car, Daniel brandished his firearm and attempted to take a firearm from Parrott. When Parrott refused, Daniel shot and killed him. Daniel was also charged with Aggravated Assault against the two surviving occupants of the vehicle, receiving twenty years in prison for each count.

“This is yet another case of young men, many of whom were teenagers at the time of the crime, committing felonies that resulted in a homicide. There were no fully innocent parties in this case and everyone involved has experienced the consequences. The two most severe consequences are that one man lost his life while attempting to deal drugs with a firearm and the man responsible for his death will spend the rest of his life in prison. They both could have chosen not to involve themselves with felony crimes that day, and I hope this case serves as a lesson to all young people in our community who consider similar behavior.”, said District Attorney John Herbert Cranford, Jr.