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Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The suspect in a Sunday morning shooting appears in Recorder's Court after police say he shot his neighbor. It turns out, the two have a closer relationship.

Police originally told us the victim and the suspect were next door neighbors, but it turns out they are actually related.

30 year old Michael Smith is accused of shooting his uncle, 42 year old David Oliver, three times Sunday morning.

Smith appeared in Recorder's Court Tuesday afternoon where he entered a not guilty plea for the aggravated assault charges.

Smith claims Oliver hit him in the head several times Saturday night and tried to attack him again on Sunday, that's when he says he pulled out a gun and shot in self defense.

Michael Smith is being held on a $10,000 bond and his case will go to Superior Court.

The victim, David Oliver, remains in critical but stable condition at the Medical Center.

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