A Columbus woman who was shot in the face Thursday morning remains in critical condition today at a local hospital, police detective Vincent Sampson said.
The man charged in the shooting, 52-year-old Boyzie Barnes, pleaded not guilty this morning in Columbus Recorder's Court.
Barnes was arrested after officers responded to an apartment on Ticknor Drive shortly after 6:30 a.m. and found a 40-year-old woman lying on her bed with a gunshot wound to her face. She was rushed to The Medical Center where "she is fighting for her life," Sampson testified in court.
Investigators were called to the scene and Barnes was arrested shortly afterward. He was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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Sampson testified in court this morning that Barnes initially lied to investigators when they questioned him in connection to the shooting.
Barnes allegedly told investigators he had received a text message from the victim early Thursday stating her gun was missing. When he arrived at her apartment, she had already been shot.
Later, Barnes changed his story, Sampson said.
Barnes admitted he went to the woman's residence that morning and the two got into a fight. At some point during the argument Barnes told police he found a gun hidden under the woman's mattress. He pulled the gun out and held it in his hands. When he did this, the woman swung an unknown object at Barnes, causing the gun to go off, he told investigators.
Following the shooting, Barnes tossed the 9 mm pistol into some bushes outside the apartment and disposed of the shell casing, Sampson said in court.
Though Sampson couldn't release specifics, he says the physical evidence in this case doesn't match Barnes' story, indicating to police that he was still lying.
Judge Michael Cielinski ordered Barnes to be held without bond on the aggravated assault charge and assessed him $25,000 bonds on each of the other two charges.
According to Sampson, Barnes was convicted in 1986 of murder and armed robbery. He also has several additional felony convictions on his record. Barnes was on parole when this recent shooting occurred.