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Man arrested for murder of Fort Benning soldier

(Source: Muscogee County Jail) (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
(Source: WTVM File) (Source: WTVM File)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A man has been arrested in connection with a weekend murder of a Fort Benning soldier in Columbus.

According to police, 27-year-old Marcus Wiggins was arrested and charged with murder.

Wiggins was arrested in Lee County, Alabama Monday and has been brought back to Columbus and he is being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

Wiggins is due in Recorder’s Court Thursday morning at 9.

Police say at 1:51 a.m. Saturday, the Columbus 911 Center received a report of gunshots fired at the intersection of River Road and Veterans Parkway.

Upon the officer's arrival, nothing was located.

Officers then received a call to Midtown Medical Center in reference to a victim that was there suffering from gunshot wounds.

The victim, Donald Matthews from Tifton, later died from his injuries.

According to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan, he was pronounced dead at 6:36 a.m. Saturday.

Bryan tells News Leader 9 Matthews was an active military member, serving as a specialist at Fort Benning.

Columbus Police say Wiggins and Matthews got into an altercation at the TGI Fridays on Adams Farm Drive in north Columbus.

The two men then followed each other to Veterans Parkway and River Road where the shooting happened.

It's still unclear what they were arguing about.

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