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Two suspects arrested, charged in June double homicide in Columbus

Two suspects arrested, charged in June double homicide in Columbus
Two suspects arrested, charged in June double homicide in Columbus(Source: Columbus Police Department)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 3:49 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department has made an arrest in the June murders of Jessie Ransom and Saiveon Pugh.

On June 14, at approximately 10:03 p.m., officers responded to a call concerning multiple gunshots being fired in the 3400 block of 8th Ave. (Wilson Apartments). Upon arrival, officers located four gunshot victims near building 316.

17-year old Jesse Ransom died at the scene and 18-year-old Saiveon Pugh was pronounced dead at the hospital. Two other victims were treated for their injuries.

On July 26, Terrance Upshaw and Homer Upshaw were arrested and each were charged with the following:

  • Two counts of murder
  • Two counts of aggravated assault
  • One count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

District Attorney Mark Jones says he is going to hold shooters to the harshest possible sanctions our legal system allows. Jones reacted to the arrest of two men, accused of a June 15th double murder at Wilson Apartments.

The brothers have separate attorneys. Terrance Upshaw’s case was heard in court yesterday and sent to Superior Court.

Jones says the shooting was not self defense. He describes how police say the brothers were lying in wait for their victims.

“They do have video of the incident. And basically individuals come out. Um. Defendants come out , take positions, a car pulls up. Uh. No shot is fired from the car. There are 4 people in the car. And over 50 shell casings were found,” said DA Jones.

According to the DA, Terrance was positively identified in the video of the incident. Jones says he also expects the search of several cell phones will produce evidence against the brothers.

Terrance is represented by Attorney Stacey Jackson, while Homer Upshaw’s attorney is William Kendrick.

Even though arrests have been made, Columbus police encourage anyone with information related to this case to contact Sergeant Kyle Tuggle at 706-225-4377.

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