15-year-old suspect in pawn shop murder makes first court appearance

(Source: WTVM/Sharifa Jackson)
(Source: WTVM/Sharifa Jackson)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus fifteen-year-old, charged with murder, made his first appearance before a Recorders Court judge Thursday morning.

New details from court reveal Williams and another suspect went to the pawn shop to trade an amplifier, but were denied service.

After leaving the store, the two returned and an exchange of gunfire began between the unidentified suspect and an employee.

Williams plead not guilty in court. His attorney, Mark Shelnutt, argues his client's innocence, citing 'mere presence' in this case.

"The evidence was that he was looking down on his phone when first shot was fired, after that all he was trying to do was get out of there. Wasn't any evidence he participated in anything, knew anything was going to happen, obviously didn't even know the other guy was armed," said Defense Attorney, Mark Shelnutt.

Williams is being charged as an adult, investigators say more charges are pending.

The second suspect is reportedly still in the hospital.

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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