2 separate Columbus murder suspects pleaded not guilty in court

Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 at 2:29 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two men accused of two separate murders in Columbus in the New Year made their first appearance Thursday in Recorders Court.

Tommy McNeal, 54, answered to charges of shooting and killing 63-year-old Nancy Johnson on New Year's Day and 88-year-old James Byrd on charges of shooting and killing 67-year-old Nancy Green.

First Tommy McNeal pleaded not guilty to the murder of 63-year-old  Nancy Johnson. McNeal was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault and receiving of stolen property.

All of those charges were bound over to superior court and there is no word on when that date will be.

Second, James Byrd pleaded not guilty to the murder of 67-year-old Nancy Green is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Byrd was brought out twice, the first time he unable to make a plea due to not having an attorney.

Family members in the audience were asked if anyone knew of hiring an attorney and no one responded and he was escorted out.

Their next court date has not been announced.

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