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Monday, June 25, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Sunday, June 24 arrested a 22-year-old Maryland man on charges that the man fatally shot his 21-year-old live-in girlfriend in the back of her head as the couple drove in a car to a home on Dubbs Avenue near West Columbia in order to pick up their 13-month-old son, who had been staying with relatives of the 22-year-old man.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Genesis Matthew Pearson, 22, of 1838 Eloise Lane, Baltimore, on arrest warrants on charges of murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Pearson was being held on Monday, June 25 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Pearson in general sessions court because murder carries a punishment of life in prison, Metts said. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled a bond hearing for Pearson.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 1:48 a.m. on Sunday Pearson with malice aforethought used a handgun to fatally shoot his live-in girlfriend, Alishia Monique Dorsey, 21, in the back of her head in the 2400 block of Leaphart Road near West Columbia, Metts said. The motive for the shooting and the circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation.

At the time of the fatal shooting, Pearson and Dorsey were traveling to pick up their 13-month-old son, who was staying with relatives of Pearson, Metts said. The young boy had been staying for about two weeks with Pearson’s aunt and uncle at their Dubbs Avenue home.

Pearson and Dorsey, who had been romantically involved for about four years, drove from their Maryland home in Pearson’s gray 2008 Ford Focus, Metts said. Pearson was driving the car.

At about 1:49 a.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a call concerning the fatal shooting, Metts said. Officers found Dorsey lying on her back in the road in front of the home of Pearson’s aunt and uncle at 101 Dubbs Avenue, Lot 45. Pearson was standing outside the home, with blood on his shorts and shoes. Pearson was not wearing a shirt.

Detectives later recovered one 9-mm handgun and one bloody shirt that Pearson dumped in a grassy area off Leaphart Road after Pearson fatally shot Dorsey, Metts said. Ballistics tests and forensics tests will be conducted in order to determine whether the handgun and bloody shirt are connected to the fatal shooting of Dorsey.

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