Man accused of 2013 murder makes Monday court appearance

Man accused of 2013 murder makes Monday court appearance

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus murder suspect appeared before a Superior Court judge Monday morning, charged in the 2013 shooting death of Terrell Screws.

Raymond Richmond is accused of shooting to death his alleged friend, 27-year-old Terrell Screws at a Winston Road Apartment.

On Monday, the defense and prosecution did most of the talking.

Judge Gil McBride granted a motion filed by lead prosecutor Christopher Williams restricting the defense from using witnesses to relay statements made by Richmond.

The decision forces Richmond to have to take the stand in his own defense. Richmond's defense attorney Cynthia Lain's motion to exclude evidence was denied.

Lain claimed the state did not provide her with evidence in the proper time frame. Instead the case was continued to a later date.

The case will resume Oct. 19. Richmond faces malice and felony murder charges, as well as aggravated assault and weapons charges. If convicted, he could get life without parole.

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