Last Modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:09 AM
A jury in 14th Judicial District Court found Jon Talbert Dickerson guilty of second-degree murder.
The jury unanimously agreed Monday that Dickerson, 31, was responsible for the March 2009 murder of 51-year-old Darrell Schaub, whose body was found hidden under two mattresses behind the now-demolished Parkway Motel in DeQuincy.
Schaub was found on March 16, 2009, although prosecutors believe his throat was cut on March 9 or 10, 2009.
“We just feel as a family that justice was served and we can all start healing and going forward,” said Bill Schaub, Darrell Schaub’s brother. “Nothing is ever going to bring him back. It’s a shame that he’s never going to see his first grandchild or he didn’t get to walk his daughter down the aisle, but I’ve stepped in and it’s brought us closer as a family and now we can start healing.”
Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, but second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.
“We’re just extremely satisfied and happy, especially for the family,” prosecutor David Kimball said. “They’ve suffered through this for four-and-a-half years and finally it’s over now.”
When Dickerson was arrested for public intoxication the evening of March 10, 2009, he was carrying Dickerson’s credit cards (as well as the credit cards of another person) and DNA from Schaub’s blood was found on the inside of his jeans and on the outside of his shoes.
Dickerson took the stand in his own defense Monday morning — he was the final witness in four days of testimony.
He again insisted his innocence, but gave a different story than jurors heard in two police interviews heard in court Saturday. (Two “heards” in one sentence.)
Dickerson said he lied to detectives in the two jailhouse interviews because he was afraid of the person he claimed actually killed Schaub and because he was on probation for other convictions.
Dickerson said he was in possession of Schaub’s credit cards and pickup truck because Schaub allowed him to use those in exchange for cocaine.
Defense attorney King Alexander said it was an arrangement called on the street a “crack lease.”
Alcohol was found in Schaub’s system, but no drugs. Dickerson claimed Schaub used the drugs to get women.
Dickerson testified that he used Schaub’s truck on March 9, 2009. When he left, Schaub was with Devin “Bookie” Patrick and a man and woman he did not know, he said. Patrick and the man and woman were using cocaine, he said.
Dickerson said when he returned late that night, the door to Schaub’s room and the adjacent room were open, and a shirtless Devin “Bookie” Patrick emerged from the breezeway breathing hard.
Patrick told him he and Schaub “got into it,” Dickerson said.
Patrick told him to back the truck up to the edge of the Parkway, he said.
He and Patrick then tried to move Schaub’s body, he said. Dickerson had Schaub by the elbows when he tripped and fell, and getting blood on himself, he said.
At that moment, he told Patrick, “I don’t want no part of this,” he said.
He got in the truck and left, hiding the vehicle in a wooded area near an old house in which his parents had lived, but not far from the Parkway, he said. He walked to his parents’ old house and burned his clothes, he said.
Prosecutor David Kimball said Dickerson only began telling the story about Bookie once he learned Schaub’s DNA was found on his clothes.
On the stand Saturday, Patrick denied killing Schaub.
Dickerson denied the shoes on which Schaub’s DNA was found were his and denied having traveled in the truck to Oretta on March 10.