2014 Columbus murder suspect enters guilty plea, sentenced before murder trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A 2014 Columbus murder suspect entered a guilty plea on Tuesday.

Otis Perry is accused of shooting and killing Marquise Shivers at the 4000 block of 6th Avenue on Dec. 1, 2014, after a fight broke out during a birthday party.

Perry's charge was reduced to involuntary manslaughter and the judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter charge, and five years of probation for gun possession. He will be given credit for time served.

His attorney, Jennifer Curry, says this was a tough but necessary decision for her client.

"I can't say the facts weren't in our favor, but we didn't have any witnesses that were willing to come to court. We've had problems with that since the beginning of this case, of witnesses being threatened, and unwilling to cooperate, unwilling to testify for my client. So that really made our decision a tough one, but obviously the obvious one," said Curry.

Shivers would die from 2 bullet wounds to the chest area and back.

Perry and his attorney maintain he was acting in self-defense.

The birthday party reportedly out of hand, leading to multiple fights, and the firing of multiple bullets.

"He thought that he was defending his cousin. He felt like in that split second he made the right decision. Hindsight is always 20/20," said Curry.

The jury has been dismissed and the trial will not move forward.

News Leader 9's Sharifa Jackson will have more details at 5p/4c.

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