Columbus Pizza Hut murder trial delayed again
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - We’re learning new information about the trial surrounding the murder of a Columbus rapper.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday morning at the Columbus Government Center, but the trial has now been postponed until February 7.
In April of 2018, 32-year-old Branden Denson was murdered outside of the Pizza Hut on Buena Vista Road.
Five suspects were arrested in connection to the case: Tommie Mullins, Dover Coppins, Tyree Smith, Eric Spencer, and Jonathan Swift.
Each of the defendants has a separate attorney. Attorney Stacey Jackson, who is representing Mullins, says all of the suspects are pleading not guilty.
“I’ll just say this from the very beginning - since his initial arrest, that what he’s been screaming to the rafters - that he’s not guilty,” Jackson said.
Columbus police say the victim was shot from behind several times. Police also say at least three of the suspects stole a large bag out of Denson’s car, containing 16 pounds of marijuana.
The trial was previously postponed in December 2018.
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