Escape charges added for one Courtesy Shuttle murder suspect

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Xavius Donnell Table

Police have added escape charges for one of the alleged burglars charged with Achievia Upshaw's death at Courtesy Shuttle on Dec. 31, according to a Columbus Police report.

Upshaw was fatally shot by business owner Kenneth Hayes while she allegedly attempted to burgle the business, reportedly accompanied by Xavius Donnell Table, 21, and Deaisa Ransom, 24.

During a Monday Recorder's Court hearing, Sgt. Joseph Hart said Hayes told police he heard the sound of glass breaking during the burglary, and grabbed his Smith & Wesson hand gun to investigate. The part-owner saw one suspect in the store, but was unable to give a clear description of the suspect.

Ransom was also injured during the incident. She was treated and then taken into custody.

But Table, who police initially did not know was involved in the burglary, evaded custody until three days later, when he was found at a Columbus convenience store.

According to a report released Thursday, a fugitive squad found Table and began transporting him back to Muscogee County Jail. Both his arms and legs were shackled.

While en route, the three officers transporting Table spotted a black Mercury Marquis that matched the description of a vehicle used in the an armed robbery at the Wynnton Road Burger King, among other crimes.

Table allegedly told the officers that he was "in that car the other day." He then told the officer the car belongs to his cousin.

Two of the officers stopped to talk to Table's grandmother, who lives in a Booker T. Washington Apartment. A third, who was riding in the back of the vehicle with Table, stepped out to take photographs of the vehicle.

While he was out of the vehicle, Table allegedly slipped out of the vehicle and walked away. Police found him a few miles from the scene. He allegedly managed to sever the shackles connecting his arms, leading to the interference with government property charge.

After Table's arrest, he and Ransom were charged with Upshaw's death. Under GA Code 16-5-1, a suspect can commit the offense of felony murder when "in the commission of a felony, he causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice."

Table has additionally been charged with criminal interference with government property and theft by taking.

During Monday's hearing, Table faced six first degree burglary charges. He and Ransom were allegedly broke into Alley Cat's Elite Tattoo World, which was burglarized about an hour before Courtesy Shuttle.

Fingerprints also connected Table and Ransom to the Dec. 11 burglary of Happy Nail & Spa on Veterans Parkway, according to court testimony. Two flat screen TVs valued at $6,000 were taken during the burglary.

This story edited to correct the location of Xavius Table's escape and arrest.

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