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Police: Columbus murder was burglary gone wrong

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  All along, Columbus police said the murder of 78-year-old Richard Boynton Jr. last December looked like a burglary gone wrong.

And according to the testimony of investigators, that's exactly what it was.

Last week, the nine-month-long investigation caught a break- 24-year-old Christopher Young and 20-year-old Patrick Satterfield were arrested and charged in the case.

In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, detectives told a judge the two were coworkers at Little Caesar's Pizza.

But Patrick Satterfield also knows the victim's grandsons. They're part of a group of men police say can be connected to at least 15 crimes in the city.

And investigators say some of the money taken in that alleged illegal activity is what brought Young and Satterfield to Mister Boynton's home the night of the murder.

His grandson tells authorities they may have been after $7000 in cash that was stashed in a shoe box.

According to detectives, the duo broke into the elderly man's home thinking no one was home.

But Boynton was home and officers say Young shot him in the chest when he woke up.

Police say the empty shoe box was found on the floor of the same bedroom where Boynton's family members found his body.

We caught up with Patrick Satterfield's attorney, Dorothy Williams, outside of court.

"Our position at this time, until we have a more detailed investigation, that he was merely present and associated with those or anyone who may have committed a particular offense against Mister Boynton," she said.

The victim's relatives had no comment on today's proceedings.

Christopher Young and Patrick Satterfield both pled not guilty.

They are being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail on their armed robbery and murder charges.

Their case has been bound over to Superior Court.

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