2 teens charged in Jan. 27 murder arraigned in court - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

2 teens charged in Jan. 27 murder arraigned in court

(Photo Credit: Roslyn Giles) (Photo Credit: Roslyn Giles)
Javon Rice, 19 (Muscogee County Sheriff's Department) Javon Rice, 19 (Muscogee County Sheriff's Department)
Malcolm White, 18 (Muscogee County Sheriff's Department) Malcolm White, 18 (Muscogee County Sheriff's Department)

Columbus police may have solved another of the city's murders from earlier this year.

Bennie Pulley, Jr., known as Frank, was found shot to death inside his Lanier Drive home in the Benning Hills area on January 27.

Investigators have arrested two men in the case, 19-year old Javon Rice and 18-year-old Malcolm White. Both are charged with armed robbery, murder, and possession of a firearm or knife during commission.

Detectives believe a cell phone, gold chain, unknown amounts of money and marijuana were taken from Frank prior to his death.

A Columbus detective testified on June 12 in Recorder's Court claiming that the suspects, who are cousins, were questioned on February 1, five days after the murder.

Detectives say several eyewitnesses told them they saw two young boys with dreadlocks, one had gold tips in his hair and one of the guys was shorter than the other wearing all black running from the home shortly after gunshots were heard coming from inside 34 Lanier Drive, near Victory Drive in south Columbus on January 27, 2013. An hour prior to the shooting, witnesses told police they saw the same two guys walking on Lanier Drive who had contact with the person inside the home and one was visibly angry when they left.  

Witnesses pointed out both Rice and White in a line-up.

Authorities say both suspects admitted being at 34 Lanier Driver earlier that day to buy marijuana from the victim. After buying the drugs, they claim they left and never returned.

Rice cooperated with authorities and gave the officers the black clothes he said he was wearing that day. Officers also served a search warrant at Rice's home and his grandmother's home. Both gave DNA swabs as well, the results of which have not yet returned. There was no indication of a search at White's house.

Rice's mother said in court, "I just hope they get the real person who did it."

The judge ordered both suspects held without bond on the murder and armed robbery charges and $10,000 for having a gun during the commission of a crime.

The case now goes to Superior Court.

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