Man accused of shooting, paralyzing teen appears in court

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Columbus teen last August was in court Tuesday facing murder charges.

Detectives say Calvin Grimes identified his killer from a hospital bed before he died.

As Joshua Leonard came forward in court Tuesday, detectives said the motive for the shooting may have been because of Grimes' involvement in another shooting.

Detectives said Grimes was a witness in a case a few years ago and testified. They believe he was shot in retaliation. Grimes, who goes by the nickname Teddy, was shot multiple times in a car last August and was left paralyzed. Last month, after fighting for his life he passed away.

Grimes' aunt, Vivian Jackson, says Leonard was a good friend of Grimes and even stayed at his house when they were younger.  Jackson says although it took almost a year, she's happy Leonard was finally caught.

Leonard was arrested Saturday on murder charges. He also faces drug charges after police found 17 bags of marijuana with him this weekend.

Detectives say grimes could not speak during a hospital interview last year but spelled out Leonard's name on a piece of paper which led to his arrest.

His case has been bound over to superior court.

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