Update: Police following some leads in Sunday's shooting

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 27, 2013 

Columbus police are following some leads but do not have a suspect yet in the Sunday shooting death of Bennie Pulley Jr., officials said Monday.

Lt. John McMichael said while robbery is a possibility nothing concrete has developed.

Police officers were dispatched to the house at 34 Lanier Drive at about 4:50 p.m. Sunday in reference to a shooting and found Pulley lying on the living room floor.

According to the police report, Pulley, 33, a black male, was found with multiple gun shots to his torso.

The lieutenant said there was nothing unusual about the way Pulley was dressed, and the television was on when officials arrived.

McMichael said neighbors made the call to police. Asked if there might be a witness, McMichael said, “not to our knowledge.”

Detectives from the robbery, homicide and assault unit investigated until about 2 a.m. and returned later Monday morning.

Investigators checked the inside of the house, and, using dogs, also searched an area with high grass and trees near the house.

The body was removed from the house around 7:30 p.m.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said Sunday that Pulley’s body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy had not been released by Monday evening.

Bryan said he has spoken with Pulley’s mother, who lives in North Carolina. Bryan said the body will be taken from Atlanta to North Carolina for burial.

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