Trial begins for man accused of murdering Columbus DJ

Trial begins for man accused of murdering Columbus DJ

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The trial for a man charged with the murder of a Columbus radio DJ David Rutherford is expected to begin on Monday.

Police believe the suspect, Cody Mathis, dumped his body behind a church.

The body was found by a member of Greater Ward Chapel on Talbotton Road, police believe it had been there for hours.

Mathis turned himself in to the Columbus Fugitive Squad nearly two weeks later. Investigators searched Mathis' home and found a pair of jeans they say had blood on them as well as ammunition and jewelry.

They say the jewelry played a big role in placing Mathis near the scene of the crime because neighbors suspect robbery was the motive behind the murder. The suspect's attorney is not convinced.

"No witnesses. No witnesses that identify Mr. Mathis as being involved in the fight or the incident whatsoever. There's no forensic evidence whatsoever linking Mr. Mathis to Mr. Rutherford," Mathis' attorney Stacey Jackson said.

Jackson went on to say the most important issue is that witnesses say Rutherford got up off the ground after the fight occurred. He also says there could've been a second person that took Rutherford's life. Mathis denies being involved in any capacity.

The trial is expected to begin Monday morning in Judge Frank Jordan's courtroom.

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