COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Five suspects in a double shooting in Columbus made their first court appearance Friday morning.
Bernard Gibson, Curtis Williams, Thomas Williams, Christopher Gilliam and Richard Gilliam are all charged with murder in the death of Gerald Hightower.
Their case was bound over to superior court. Hightower was shot and killed off Calvin Avenue in January.
Another man, Kaminski Robinson was injured in the shooting and took the stand to testify today.
Kaminski claims Thomas and Curtis Williams did not shoot him, but drove him to the hospital after he was shot.
"The problem with preliminary hearings is that law enforcement officers are able to bring in here- say statements and not the live witnesses,"Attorney Stacie Jackson said.
"I think it's a situation where the court is probably airing on the side of caution and is probably saying you know I'm not going to dismiss these charges at this early point," Attorney William Kendrick stated.
These latest three suspects, Curtis Williams, Thomas Williams and Richard Gilliam were arrested this week in connection to the shooting.