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Teen accused of Easter Sunday murder appears in court, victim's family reacts


A mother of five met the suspected killer of her youngest son face-to-face.  Devante Shepard, 19, pled not guilty to murder in a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Shepard is accused of fatally shooting West Point native 25-year-old Terry Hargett three times Easter Sunday.

Detective Andrew Tyner with the Columbus Police Department testified Shepard argued with Hargett possibly over money through text messages the day of the shooting.

"You could see that there was some type of verbal altercation going on between the two of them. At the very least it was a verbal disagreement," Tyner testified.

The victim and suspect allegedly met up and smoked marijuana together at Shepard's house as well.  Detective Tyner testified Shepard's account of what happened that day did not line up with the text messages they read on the cell phones.

Several of Hargett's family members were inside the courtroom, at one point his sister, Joanna Hargett, was overcome with emotion as more details about her brother's death surfaced. 

Joanna Hargett said she had never seen Shepard before but her brother has spoken of him.

"He talked about [Devante Shepard] several times to me. He told me he was very needy," Joanna Hargett said.

Tyner says several neighbors identified Shepard as being in the area during the shooting.

Hargett's mother said her son was a kind soul and she cannot think of any reason why someone would want harm him.

Shepard is being held in the Muscogee County jail with no bond.

He did not testify during the hearing.

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