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He stood over a dying man after shooting him in the head. Now he wants a new trial

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After a person is convicted they can file a post-conviction relief request to raise issues during their defense
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After a person is convicted they can file a post-conviction relief request to raise issues during their defense

A man who shot another person in the head and stood over him as he died is asking for a new trial.

Damiean Cantey pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection to killing Dominick Goodwin in 2015 and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Cantey filed a post-conviction relief request this week in Horry County Circuit Court, which is a process where a convict can raise issues with his defense.

Arrest warrants from 2015 said Myrtle Beach police officers responded to Collins Street for a reported shooting and found Goodwin shot in the head in a grass area.

A witness told police that “I saw Damiean Canty shoot him,” the warrants state. Another witness also told police they saw Cantey standing over Goodwin after a gunshot and then saw him run to a nearby Toyota Camry.

Others were also charged in connection to the incident.

Cantey claimed in his post-conviction relief request that his lawyer was ineffective for failing to investigate the case and subpoena witnesses. Cantey added his lawyer also didn’t tell him to take his case to a jury for its decision.

As a result, Cantey asked for a new trial.

Cantey is currently at the McCormick Correctional Institute, a maximum security facility.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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