Murder suspect Donald Fair fired AR-15 rifle at car during fatal Sept. 19 shooting, police say

tchitwood@ledger-enqurier.comOctober 2, 2013 

Armed with an with an AR-15 rifle, a masked Donald Fair emerged from the bed of a stolen pickup truck and opened fire on the car in which David Scott fatally was wounded Sept. 19 at Coolidge Avenue and Seventh Street, a detective testified today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

The 20-year-old is among five suspects in the homicide that resulted from their trying to rob Scott, 34, and a passenger in the Chevy Impala Scott was drivng, police said. The other four were in the cab of the stolen Ford F-150 pickup they used to try to block Scott’s car around 10:30 p.m. before firing more than 30 shots as Scott tried to get away, officers said.

One bullet hit Scott in the forehead. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:15 a.m. Sept. 20. His passenger was uninjured.

In court today, Detective Murry Gunderson said Fair is the suspect who later set fire to the stolen truck to try to destroy evidence such as blood and shell casings inside it. The truck was burned at Buena Vista Road and Bayberry Drive, within walking distace of Fair’s Valencia Drive home, Gunderson said.

He said Fair claimed to have been home the night of the shooting, but no one could corroborate that alibi.

Fair is charged with murder, first-degree arson, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, tampering with evidence, using a firearm to commit a crime and being being a convicted felon with a firearm.

According to court testimony, Fair was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to nine months’ probation in 2009.

As today’s hearing concluded, Recorder’s Court Judge Michael Cielinski ordered Fair held without bond and sent the case to Muscogee Superior Court.

Fair is the fourth suspect charged with murder in Scott's death. Tyrecquiss Wells, Jayln Dixon and Christopher Whitaker already are being held without bond for Superior Court.

A fifth suspect, Christopher Pender, was wounded by one of his accomplices and remains in the Midtown Medical Center (formerly The Medical Center), police said. Detectives said they have a warrant for his arrest and will take him into custody upon his release from the hospital.

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