3 men charged with capital murder in 2018 home invasion robbery in Oak Cliff

Oak Cliff - Three men have been charged with murder in a deadly home invasion robbery last June in southeast Oak Cliff.  Four masked men forced Jimmy Giddings and his wife,

Nikita Dickerson, into their home, robbed them and fatally shot Giddings on June 24, police say. Dickerson also was shot but survived. 

Authorities have arrested four men in connection with the slaying, but only three have been charged, Dallas police said Thursday. 

Milton Leroy Prentice III, 25, and Bryan Dominik Groom, 21, were booked into the Tuscaloosa County jail in March. Both have been charged with capital murder. Groom has also been charged with robbery and attempted murder and Prentice has two charges related to possession of a controlled substance.

On Wednesday morning, Kiante Bernard Watkins, 24, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was booked into the Dallas County jail on a capital murder charge. His bail has been set at $500,000. 

A fourth man, whose identity has not been released, is in federal custody and has not been charged, police said.


From left: Kiante Bernard Watkins, Milton Leroy Prentice III and Bryan Dominik Groom have been arrested in connection with the fatal home invasion robbery of Jimmy Giddings on June 24, 2018.

Giddings, whom police described in an arrest warrant affidavit as a "mid-level drug dealer," arrived at his home in the 4900 block of Veterans Drive about 3 a.m. June 24. His wife greeted him outside, with a gun in her hand.  

As the couple walked into the house, they were ambushed by four men who had been hiding across the street next to a church gym, the affidavit says. 

The men opened fire on Giddings and Dickerson. Giddings ran into the house but surrendered to the men in his bedroom. Dickerson, who was shot four times, was forced inside at gunpoint, according to the affidavit. 

After the men ransacked the bedroom for money, Giddings was fatally shot through the neck with his wife's gun, the affidavit says. 

The men fled in an SUV that was in the church parking lot. Dickerson was hospitalized and survived her injuries.  

Police released night-vision surveillance photos of the masked men after the shooting. The affidavit says that the cameras captured photos of the tattoos on three of the men that helped confirm their identities. 

Search warrants also led police to determine the identity of the getaway driver, and phone records linked him to three additional suspects in the slaying, the affidavit says. 

Source: Dallas Morning News