COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The man Columbus police said called them to report the murders of his girlfriend and her son, was charged with their murders more than two years after their deaths.
Vince Harris, 57, was arrested Monday and charged with the murders of 47-year-old Tina Green Hall and her six-year-old son, Jeremy.
Their deaths was initially ruled a murder/suicide. However, authorities report upon further analysis of the crime scene, they were able to link Harris to the crimes.
Harris appeared in Recorders Court Tuesday morning.
News Leader 9 was the only media inside the courtroom.
Harris plead not guilty to the murders.
Authorities claim Harris called police on Feb. 24, 2012 to report that he'd found his girlfriend and her son shot to death inside their Howe Ave. home, in Columbus.
During testimony, investigators claimed Harris told them that Hall was suicidal, and previously stated that no one could take care of her son the way she could.
The case closed in August 2012 but was reopened later that year, according to investigators.
"In the autopsy report, Tina's wound was a close contact, left to right, down. In my training your honor , if you don't have a contact wound with a suicide, it's a red flag," CPD investigator Sgt. Randy Long said.
Harris was not granted bond and ordered to be held in the Muscogee County jail.
CPD Investigators testified an interview Harris did with News leader 9 shortly after the murders help them link him to the crime.
We'll have that interview plus what Harris had to say in court later today on News Leader 9 starting at 5 p.m.