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Shooting victim dies at hospital
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The man shot in a robbery New Year's morning was pronounced dead Friday morning at the Atlanta Medical Center.


Newton County Sherriff's Lt. Bill Watterson said Dennis Rogers, 38, died from complications from his wounds. Rogers was reportedly shot in the back of the head by Courtney Thornton shortly before 4 a.m. on New Year's Day.


When Rogers is arrested, Watterson said he would be charged with murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a felony and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.


Before the he died, Rogers' family was reportedly contemplating removing him from life support on doctor's recommendations.


Thornton and Rogers were both passengers Tuesday morning in a green 2001 Jaguar S-class driven by a third man, whose name is currently being withheld. Watterson said the three men were driving about 100 yards from Thornton's residence on Gum Tree Trail when Thornton, who rode in the backseat, reportedly shot Rogers in the back of the head.


Medical reports indicated the bullet did not pierce the part of the brain which controls organ functions, Watterson said. This allowed Rogers do survive until NCSO deputies found him slumped in the car later in the night.


Investigators are not releasing the exact details of what occurred directly after the shooting, but it is known the driver was able to escape and later make contact with a NCSO deputy in the parking lot of Kroger on Salem Road.


Anyone with information regarding Courtney Thornton' whereabouts is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff's Office at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site