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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The fifth person charged with the murder of a Columbus father of three pleaded not guilty in a preliminary hearing Friday morning.

Investigators reported 20-year-old Christopher Pender was part of a crime ring that stole cars, robbed people, and committed murder.

The five suspects allegedly shot two men, killing one on the same night in mid-September.

Investigators testified Pender stole a Tan Ford F150 truck from the Columbus Kodak Plant a few days prior to the murder on.

On September 19, the first call came in that a man had been shot on Baltic Court.

"When officers arrived they did not find a victim but they located several shell casing from a 45 caliber gun as well as a 223 caliber gun," Columbus PD Investigator Murry Gunderson said.

The victim in that shooting survived however, police say the pack had no plans of stopping the violent crime spree.  

"Approximately two and a half hours later at 10:37 pm patrol units arrived at 7th and Coolidge in reference to more shots being fired," Gunderson claimed.

That's where they found 34-year-old David Scott dead inside his car.

"The second victim in the vehicle who was uninjured reported seeing a gold or tan f150," said Gunderson.

Detective Gunderson testified three different types of guns were used and 30 shots fired; one hit Scott in the head and allegedly Pender in the leg.

When Pender arrived at Saint Francis hospital, Gunderson testified Pender tried to cover up how he was shot.

"That he was shot near BTW by an unknown person," testified Gunderson.  However, Gunderson confirmed two of the five suspects told investigators Pender were involved.

"Mr. Jayln Dixon and Mr. Christopher Whitaker both identified Mr. Pender as shooting a high point .45 at the scene of 7th and Coolidge when David Scott was shot and killed," Gunderson confirmed.

Scott's sister-in-law spoke with News Leader 9 after the hearing. She said the family believed he was mistaken for someone else.

"To each and every one of them, I hate yall [sic] mistook him for the wrong person. It's time to put the guns down and cut the violence out," Ashley McRae said.

Pender is facing 11 different charges including murder. He's being held in the Muscogee County Jail along with the other four suspects without bond.

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