A string of charges against a man labeled by police as a person of interest in the Dec. 17 shooting death of Fulton High School football player Zaevion Dobson were sent to a grand jury Wednesday morning.
Kipling Deshawn Colbert Jr., 20, appeared in Knox County General Sessions Court on charges of evading arrest, violation of a drug-free school zone and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has not been charged in Dobson’s death.
Judge Andy Jackson sent the charges to be considered by a grand jury.
Colbert turned himself in last month after being involved in a hit-and-run crash near the Old City and a police pursuit that followed, authorities said.
Police had been actively searching for Colbert since Dobson was killed while shielding two friends from a barrage of gunfire in Lonsdale Homes.
His father, Kipling Colbert Sr., earlier told the News Sentinel he surrendered his son to Knoxville Police Department headquarters.
“I turned him in,” Colbert said. “But he ain’t got nothing to do with that Zaevion stuff.”
The father said his son didn’t surrender earlier because “he had a warrant — he didn’t want to go to jail. But he wasn’t running because of (being connected to the Dobson homicide.)”
On April 4, police tried to stop a vehicle in which the young Colbert was a passenger. The driver sped away, collided with another vehicle, but didn’t stop. The three people in the car abandoned the vehicle and ran into Morningside Park.
The driver, Gregory Williams III, and other passenger, Daryl Franklin Sligh, both 21, were captured by police. Williams was charged with felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended license, failure to appear on a previous weapons possession charge and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the April 2 shooting of Larry North, 19, on Lula Powell Drive.
Sligh was charged with violation of probation on previous convictions for robbery and drug and weapons possession, as well as on a new charge of evading arrest. Police said additional charges are pending.
Police said Dobson’s killing was one of four connected shootings that began Dec. 17 and extended into the early hours of Dec. 18.
According to KPD, Christopher Bassett, 20, was with three others, including Brandon Perry, 23, when they went to Lonsdale late on Dec. 17 in retaliation for an earlier incident that day. Police have said neither Dobson nor his friends had any gang affiliations and that they were mistakenly targeted.