Fifth suspect in Scott slaying charged after leaving hospital

benw@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 4, 2013 

Shortly after he was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, Christopher D. Pender was charged with murder and other charges in connection with the fatal shooting of David Scott on Sept. 19 at Seventh Street and Coolidge Avenue, Columbus police said.

Pender, 20, of Columbus is the fifth suspect charged in the slaying, said Police Lt. John McMichael. He was taken into custody after leaving Midtown Medical Center, formerly The Medical Center, and questioned at the Public Safety Center before charges were filed.

He also faces one count each of armed robbery, criminal attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Pender joins Tyrecquiss Wells, Jayln Dixon, Christopher Whitaker and Donald Fair who already are held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail for proceedings in Superior Court.

On Wednesday, police said Fair was in the bed of a stolen F-150 Ford pickup truck about 10:30 p.m. when he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on the car driven by Scott during a robbery attempt. Facing a hail of 30 gunshots, Scott was struck once in the forehead and treated at the hospital where he died on Sept. 20.

Pender was wounded by one of the accomplices in the shooting and treated at the hospital.

McMichael said Pender also is charged in a separate incident that occurred on the same day of the fatal shooting. Additional charges include one count of aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, false statements and writings, false report of a crime, burglary first degree and theft by taking a motor vehicle.

Pender is held in the jail for a 9 a.m. Monday hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

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