Hunter Ridge murder suspect now requesting a defense attorney

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A man accused of murder in Columbus has his first appearance in court which was rescheduled once again.

48-year-old Cyrus Howard is requesting representation from a private defense attorney ahead of his court date. He decided he wants to hire Defense Attorney, Michael Eddings for representation.

The hearing has been set for Friday, August 10 at 9 a.m.

Howard is accused of killing 36-year-old James Richardson junior.

Mr. James D. Richardson, Jr. better known as, "JJ," passed Monday, July 30, 2018 in Columbus.

He has five sons, Jeremie, Jamaurion and Jazelle Richardson, JaQuan and Kaleb Thomas and one daughter, Janaiyah Fryerson.

According to one of his family members, victim James Richardson is being formally laid to rest today.

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