Suspects in Columbus shooting charged with theft and armed robbery

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 11:15 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 5:18 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Two suspects appeared in court on Friday morning after being charged with theft and armed robbery.

Columbus police say Michael McCarter and Dwayne Neely turned themselves into police custody on January 18 after the deadly Sept. 2022 shooting of 20-year-old Steven Daniels.

Michael McCarter made bond and was not in court yesterday, however, he appeared in court Jan. 20 as a witness for Dwayne Neely.

Investigation revealed that McCarter was being robbed and is justified in the shooting death of Steven Daniels. However, McCarter was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, because he was in possession of a stolen firearm prior to Daniels stealing from him.

According to the police report and investigation, McCarter made bond and Neely was charged with armed robbery for his role in the robbery of McCarter.

However, McCarter testified in court today that Neely did not take a bag from him. Though McCarter testified that Neely was not the person who took the stolen bag, probable cause was still established and the case was sent to Superior Court with no bond.