Murder suspect in Colorado St. shooting in Columbus appears in court

Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 3:10 PM EDT|Updated: 17 minutes ago
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The suspect in the shooting death of 31-year-old man appeared in court on Sept. 20.

The suspect identified as Jaleel Taylor. Taylor had 2 outstanding warrants.

According to officials, investigators issued a Murder warrant for Taylor following the shooting that claimed the life of Delarance Jones. Officials say the shooting happened August 26, 2023 in the 2900 block of Colorado Street.

He was arrested by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit located on Sept. 19.

His charges include,

• Felony murder (Columbus Police Department)

• Felony violation of probation for aggravated assault (Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office)

According to authorities, after he was placed into custody, a firearm was recovered inside the residence he was in which was reported stolen through the Phenix City Police Department. The firearm is not the same weapon used in the murder of Jones.

Murder suspect arrested by MCSO, receives additional charges
Murder suspect arrested by MCSO, receives additional charges(Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)

Along with his 2 outstanding warrants, Taylor is being charged with two more charges,

• Felony theft by receiving stolen property

• Felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

He is held without bond for all the charges he is facing.

“Our job is to get the bad guys off the street, so that we can have a safer community and ensure our citizens a better quality of life,” Muscogee County Sherriff, Greg Countryman said. “I think the tools talent and tenacity got us to where we are.”

A loved one of the victim was in court today and said that of the many years she lived on Colorado St., she never saw Taylor around the neighborhood.