Trial date set for Auburn mass shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Trial pushed back for Auburn mass shooting suspect

Posted: Updated:
Desmonte Leonard enters the courtroom Friday. Desmonte Leonard enters the courtroom Friday.
Desmonte Leonard Desmonte Leonard
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Couponing is Cool

    SPECIAL REPORT: Couponing is Cool

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:46:06 GMT
    These days the typical coupon clipper is a lot younger than you may think. Believe it or not it's millennial who are going coupon crazy whether it's in person or looking up deals online. Manager of theMore >>
    These days the typical coupon clipper is a lot younger than you may think.  Believe it or not it's millennial who are going coupon crazy whether it's in person or looking up deals online.More >>
  • Metro Columbus unemployment rate rises to 8.5 percent

    Metro Columbus unemployment rate rises to 8.5 percent

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:42:07 GMT
    According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for Metro Columbus rose to 8.5 percent in June, up from just 8 percent in May. The rate increased is attributed to seasonal job loss,More >>
    According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for Metro Columbus rose to 8.5 percent in June, up from just 8 percent in May. The rate increased is attributed to seasonal job loss,More >>
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

The alleged triggerman in a 2012 Auburn mass shooting that left three people dead and three others injured returned to a Lee County courtroom Friday for what was scheduled to be the final hearing before his April trial date.

Desmonte Leonard and the family of the victims will now have to wait a few more months for the trial, which was pushed back to June 9. That's just 10 days shy of the second anniversary of the mass shooting he's being tried for.

Prosecutors said they needed more time than the April trial date allowed for the death penalty case.

The defense maintains its desire to change the venue. It was decided Friday that the jury pool will get the generic juror questionaire. This will help determine if at least 12 people could be fair and impartial and set the stage for a possible venue change.

The prosecution says it will likely take three weeks to try Leonard. There are more than 100 witnesses listed in the case.

To date, the prosecution hasn't extended a plea deal to Leonard. The defense says Leonard has no desire to plead.

The judge set two more pretrial hearing dates in May.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.