Adair Avenue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Adair Avenue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - SaCorey McKelvey, 22, is being held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond, and his case will be carried over to Superior Court.

McKelvey pleaded not guilty to a murder charge at a Recorder's Court Preliminary Hearing on June 7. Officials say McKelvey and Corey Owens got into an argument a few days before Owens was shot and killed on Adair Avenue. Authorities say McKelvey and Owens didn't have a good relationship.

McKelvey's mother, Michelle McKelvey, was also arrested on June 5, and charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal. Michelle explained she hasn't spoken to her son since April 24, and she had lost contact with him.

However, detective Katrina Williams said SaCorey told the police his mother knew about his whereabouts.

"He said that his mother knew where he was," Williams said. "He said that he was going to turn himself as soon as he finished having dinner with his girlfriend."

Michelle McKelvey's case will also go to Superior Court, and her bond was set at $15,000 dollars.

On June 5, Columbus Police, U.S. Marshals, and FBI agents arrived at the 4000 block of Oates Ave. on Thursday evening to serve a warrant to murder suspect SaCorey McKelvey, and became involved in what they called an intense standoff.

Because of the seriousness of the crime, police used a robot to explore the house before entering. The standoff lasted hours.

McKelvey is wanted for the murder of Corey Owens, who was killed on Adair Ave. on April 24. Authorities received a tip that McKelvey was in the house and unwilling to come out. However, they later determined that McKelvey was not present.

"They're trying to pin a charge on him. The people that have been calling his name from the beginning, are people that we've had a previous encounter with, and they're calling his name. They said somebody done called them and told them that he was over this way," said Michelle McKelvey, SaCorey's mother.

Police arrested McKelvey at another location near Oates Ave. later that day. He will appear in Recorder's Court on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m.

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