by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A man charged with killing a friend on Christmas night in Sandy Springs did so in self-defense, the suspect's girlfriend told Channel 2 Action News.
Demetrius Dunn, 25, faces one count of murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Gregory Parson.
Police said Dunn shot Parson at the Parc at Dunwoody Apartments during an argument over money.
Lehronda Jones told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik she witnessed the shooting, and said Parson was the aggressor who picked a fight with her boyfriend.
"When I'm going outside, I see Gregory Parson up close on my baby's father at the car door, and at this time, he's punching Demetrius," she said. "Demetrius felt like he had no other choice than to pulling out the gun and self-defending himself because this man is beating him to the pulp on the ground and nobody's trying to stop it."
Jones said Dunn and Parson were friends from high school who had a falling out after Parson stayed with Dunn recently.
"They owed us rent money, so Demetrius kept $250," she said. "Gregory felt like he didn't owe him that."
Jones said Dunn never wanted to hurt Parson and is broken up over how his life ended.
"There was (sic) tears in his eye after all that occurred," she said.
Jones said Dunn worked as a truck driver to provide for her and their 2-year-old daughter.
"He's not a criminal. He's not a gang member. He doesn't fight," she said. "He would never even hurt a soul."
Calls to Parson's girlfriend for comment were not returned.
Sandy Springs police declined to comment on Jones' claim, but provided Petchenik with an incident report police say spells out why detectives charged Dunn with murder.
Dunn remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond.