News Leader 9 has learned the man accused of killing a Columbus radio DJ will not returning to a courtroom Thursday. Ricardo Strozier is accused of breaking into the home of Heath Jackson and shootingMore >>
News Leader 9 has learned the man accused of killing a Columbus radio DJ will not returning to a courtroom Thursday.More >>
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Before he was killed, Heath Jackson was promoting a concert featuring one of his favorite artists to benefit the radio station where he was the morning DJ, 88.5 The Truth. The concert was postponed when Jackson was murdered in his home on September 7th.More >>
Twenty-five-year-old David Heath Jackson was known to many in Columbus as simply, Heath, the morning radio personality and program director at WBOJ 88.5 The Truth.More >>
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
[Ricardo Strozier, 22, pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday. He is accused of killing local radio personality Heath Jackson.
The murder charges stem from September 2010 when police say Strozier broke into Jackson's home to burglarize it, and fatally shot him.
He's also charged with two other burglaries in August of that same year.
Thursday, the state handed over lab reports, video statements from Strozier, and a current witness list to the defense attorneys.
Also, two motions were heard about the evidence in the case. The defense asked that no additional testing be done on evidence that would use up the entire sample. District Attorney Julia Slater agreed and said she was not surprised.
Judge Gil McBride set up dates for the next hearing and also asked for a timeline of when the trial could begin. Burt Baker, Strozier's attorney, said "A death penalty case normally takes at a minimum of three years before trial."