2014 Columbus murder suspect makes first court appearance

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Three years after a deadly shooting in Uptown Columbus, a suspect made his first appearance in Superior Court.

The district attorney's office and defense lawyers will determine who will sit on a jury that will decide whether Otis Perry is guilty of felony murder and other charges, including aggravated assault, malice murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Perry turned himself into the Columbus Police Department in April 2015, after investigators had put out a warrant on the suspect, who was connected to the December 2014 shooting death of Marquise Shivers, 25.

CPD said Shivers was shot at a house on 6th Avenue, while he attended a birthday party. Investigators said a fight then broke out. First responders found Shivers wounded, and had him rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

In his Columbus Recorders Court appearance, Perry pleaded not guilty and waived his preliminary hearing.

News Leader 9 confirmed with Judge Bobby Peters' office the trial will begin Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 10 am.

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