A DeKalb County jury has convicted a man who shot his girlfriend and left her to die in the middle of the street, moments before she was run over by another vehicle. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against 27-year-old Dominque Richardson on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Richardson was convicted of the shooting and subsequent death of 22-year-old Taylor Holcombe.
The incident happened on Oct. 24, 2015 at the intersection of Glenwood Road and Meadow Lane. The two were riding in the victim’s car, when the defendant suddenly pulled a weapon on the victim as he drove. The victim jumped out of the car from the passenger seat in fear. After crashing into a pole, the defendant exited the vehicle and chased his girlfriend down the street, shooting her once in the back of the head as she tried to escape. The victim collapsed in the roadway. She was fatally struck by another motorist while defendant Richardson ran back to the car and fled the scene. He was captured several days later at an apartment complex near Kensington Road.
The couple had dated less than two weeks prior to the victim’s death. Their brief relationship was marred by the defendant’s controlling and jealous behavior.
Following his conviction, Richardson was sentenced by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott to life without the possibility of parole, plus five years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney John Williams with Aasistance from Senior Assistant District Attorney Agatha Romanowski and DA Investigator Richard Randolph. Detective R.S. Davis of the DeKalb County Police Department led the initial investigation.