Columbus suspect pleads not guilty to Halloween murder

Fabian Henderson (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Fabian Henderson (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Murder victim, 19-year-old Daquarn Character
Murder victim, 19-year-old Daquarn Character

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

Updated by Web Staff

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Seventeen-year-old Fabian Henderson is behind bars for the Halloween shooting death of 19-year-old Daquarn Character.  Henderson appeared in Recorder's Court Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to murder charges. We are told a judge issued no bond and the case was bound over to Superior Court. 

In court, Henderson admitted to shooting Character.  Detectives say Henderson told them that he and the victim were at his home Sunday night. Henderson says he left $100 in his pants then, took a shower. Henderson claims when he got out of the shower, his money was missing and so was Character.

Henderson told authorities he left his home looking for Character and found him on Corbin Drive – off St. Mary's Road. Investigators say Character was on his way home to Montclair Court. Henderson recounted he fired four rounds from his .25 caliber gun.

Police say the 911 call came in around 10:00 Sunday night from Corbin Drive.

Police found Character's body in the bushes with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. All four casings were found at the murder scene and no money was found on him. Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley explained, fingerprints were used to identify Character because he didn't have an ID on him.

Character was pronounced dead at 10:31 p.m. at the Columbus Medical Center.  

During the court proceedings, the victim's family was asked to leave the courtroom by the judge for being disruptive. Despite the disruption, no one was issue a citation.

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