More than 6 1/2 years after DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown was murdered, the man he defeated in the election admitted he ordered the assassination of Brown.
From a prison cell in Reidsville, where he is serving a life sentence for Brown's murder, Sidney Dorsey confessed.
Dorsey said he confessed because he didn't want people to be deceived about his involvement in the crime. He said he ordered the hit on Brown, later calling it off.
But four other co-conspirators still went ahead with the murder. DeKalb District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming said Dorsey's confession validates his conviction.
In his confession, Dorsey said that after he lost the 2000 election, he was angry -- facing a sexual harassment lawsuit, and in a marriage of turmoil. In his anger, Dorsey said he directed Deputy Patrick Cuffy to assassinate the man who beat him -- Derwin Brown.
"He says that on the Saturday after the runoff election in August, he wrote a cryptic note to Patrick Cuffy on a piece of paper that meant assassinate Brown," Fleming said.
In the note, Dorsey said he misspelled the word assassinate.
"The way I wrote it was the way, he understood, based on what I meant, although I didn't say it and although I misspelled it," Dorsey said in his confession. "But he apparently, I guess, the only thing to say is he had the same evil within, in his heart, as I did."
Cuffy enlisted the help of three others -- Paul Skyers, Melvin Walker and David Ramsey. On the night of December 15, 2000, Brown was gunned down in a hail of bullets in front of his Decatur home.
Cuffy and Skyers got deals in return for their testimony against Dorsey, Walker and Ramsey. Walker and Ramsey were acquitted of murder in DeKalb County, but were later convicted of conspiracy to murder Brown in federal court.
Dorsey said he later had a change of heart and called Cuffy to call off the hit, but he admitted he still met with the four other conspirators after that.
Brown's daughter said the confession was entertaining to her.
"To our family, it was kind of like nothing. He is, no details as far as we're concerned, and honestly, I don't think it's the complete truth, if any of it is," said Brandi Brown-Rhodes, daughter of Derwin Brown.
Last December, Derwin Brown's wife Phyllis died.
When asked what Brown's widow would have thought of the confession, Brown-Rhodes said probably the same she is thinking -- more lies, and nothing new from what they had already known.
The confession got a similar reaction from the man who prosecuted Dorsey. But former DeKalb DA J. Tom Morgan said the confession proves he was right all along about Dorsey's guilt.
At least one of Derwin Brown's children said he is continuing to fight off thoughts of suicide -- writing in a song that he wishes he was with both his late parents.
Robert Brown was at home the night his father was gunned down in the driveway of their DeKalb County home. On Thursday, V-103's Ryan Cameron played a song Robert Brown wrote about that night and the reality they continue to live without their parents.
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