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Destinee Virgin murder trial delayed following plea offer from district attorney’s office

Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 9:03 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The murder trial of the man accused of shooting and killing Destinee Virgin, as she ran for her life along Macon Rd. in 2018, has been delayed a little longer. The defense needs more time.

Markel Erwin will have to remain behind bars a little while longer before he sees his day in court. Ervin’s defense attorney, Michael Eddings, is filing for a continuance after the district attorney’s office sent a plea deal over the weekend.

Ervin is facing a 2018 murder charge for killing his girlfriend, Destinee Virgin.

According to police, Ervin shot and killed the 18 year old in broad daylight at the busy intersection of Macon and Rigdon Roads.

Ervin’s trial was set to start on Monday, but now a pin is being put in it to review the details of the deal.

“I felt given the defendant’s age, and his very young age when this incident occurred, he should consider the offers that were made by the state. It’s a choice that he would have to make and his family would have to make,” said Eddings.

“I just want her to get justice. So, if that takes us going to trial then I’m fine with that. If he wants to make a plea, as long as this plea isn’t something irrational, then I can go with it,” said Mechelle Virgin, mother of Destinee Virgin.

Eddings says that he will take the next few days to review the offer from the state with his client. They are going to go back before Muscogee County Superior Court Judge William Rumer on Thursday at 9 a.m. Then, a decision is expected to be made on whether they will take the deal or try their luck in court.

“I’m a little frustrated and a little irritated because we’re having to keep pushing this back. It’s been over two years since Destinee hasn’t received her justice,” Virgin added.

Eddings declined to disclose the details of the offer with News Leader 9 until he has a chance to meet with his client.

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