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Murder suspects targeted wrong apartment, held without bond

19-year-old Jarvis Alexander of Phenix City, AL (Source: Columbus Police Department) 19-year-old Jarvis Alexander of Phenix City, AL (Source: Columbus Police Department)
23-year-old Cleveland Gary of Columbus, GA  (Source: Columbus Police Department) 23-year-old Cleveland Gary of Columbus, GA (Source: Columbus Police Department)
24-year-old Rodger Scales of Seale, AL (Source: Columbus Police Department) 24-year-old Rodger Scales of Seale, AL (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Columbus Police were dispatched to 475 Old Buena Vista Road Tuesday night. Officers found two people suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside an apartment. Columbus Police were dispatched to 475 Old Buena Vista Road Tuesday night. Officers found two people suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside an apartment.

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) –  All three suspects in Columbus' 14th murder pleaded not guilty.

Cleveland Gary, 23, received an additional 'no bond' for an outstanding unrelated aggravated assault charge.  Jarvis Alexander, 19, and Roger Scales, 24, represented themselves.

Each of the men will be held without bond on charges of murder. A $25,000 bond has been issued for each of men for each subsequent charge of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault. 

Detectives stated on November 9, 2010 around 7:30 pm,  Angela Crawford, Her fiancé Kelley Leggett and Kelley's brother Theodore Leggett were watching a movie when they heard a several knocks at the door.

Kelley answered the door and saw the person on the other side of the door with a gun. He immediately shut the door and told Angela to get down while Theodore tried to help Kelley keep the door shut.

The gunman fired through the door hitting both Kelley and Theodore multiple times. Angela crawled the kitchen trying to get to a phone.

Theodore managed to call 911 from his cell phone.

When police arrived, Theodore and Kelley were lying in a pool of blood in the living room.

Both were transported to Columbus Regional. Kelley died, Theodore is still being treated for a chest wound at the Medical Center.

A witness told investigators he saw a gray Cutlass and a smaller dark car pull up to the car wash near the apartments on Old Buena Vista Road. He told authorities about 6 people got out the cars with guns dressed in black clothing.

The witness told police he "got out of there!" and did not see the shooting.

Meanwhile, a Bolo (Be on the Lookout) call  was issued for the Cutlass and it was spotted near Buena Vista and Andrews Roads. Police chased the car to the 13th Street bridge as the car headed into Phenix City.

Columbus police then alerted Phenix City police and officers located the car in the Riverview Housing Projects.  Gary, Scales and Alexander were taken into custody. Police found a handgun and contraband in the car. Gary stated his cousin set up the robbery to steal from some girls who lived in the apartments who allegedly had large amounts of cocaine in their possession.

It appears the three men targeted the wrong apartment.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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City's 14th murder suspects to appear in court Friday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Police have made three arrests in the city's 14th murder. Police tell us 23- year-old Cleveland Gary of Columbus, 19-year-old Jarvis Alexander of Phenix City, AL, and 24-year-old Rodger Scales of Seale, AL were arrested in connection with Tuesday night's deadly shooting.

All three men have been charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm, and two counts each of aggravated assault. 

They are scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Alexander is wanted in another Columbus case. He faces face aggravated assault charges stemming from a shooting in downtown Columbus that occured on August 19th. 

According to investigators, 19-year-old Calvin Grimes was shot several times in the torso. Police say a bullet wound to Grimes' neck has left him paralyzed.

[Read: Suspects wanted for paralyzing Columbus teen]

Columbus Police were dispatched to 475 Old Buena Vista Road Tuesday night. Officers found two people suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at an apartment complex.

Fifty-two-year-old Kelley Leggett was pronounced dead at the Medical Center shortly after 8:00 p.m.  His brother, Theodore Wilson Leggett, is still in ICU listed in unsatisfactory condition.

Kelley Leggett's girlfriend was also inside the home at the time of the shooting.  She was treated at the hospital and released. 

She spoke with WTVM and said she is scared and does not know why her home was targeted.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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