One man is dead and three others are in jail facing murder charges after a Sunday morning robbery gone wrong, Columbus police said.
Maurice Hollis, 24, was shot once in the left side of his head in the stairwell of an apartment building at 6400 Main St., just south of Columbus Park Crossing, said Lts. Charles Kennedy and Lynn Joiner. Taken to St. Francis Hospital by two people he was with, Hollis was pronounced dead at 1:08 a.m., authorities said.
Hollis was with two other men — Carlos Demeturis Brown, 25, and Kubiat Ekperikpe, 33 — between 12:30 and 1 a.m. as they approached the apartment of Clarence Demarcus Mahone, 23, who they thought dealt drugs, Kennedy said.
“It’s a robbery attempt that went bad,” Kennedy added. “There appeared to be a gunfight there in the stairwell, and it ended up with Hollis being shot.”
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Mahone, Kennedy said, was expecting trouble. He fled after the shooting. Brown and Ekperikpe took Hollis to the hospital, where Ekperikpe spoke with officers, the lieutenant added.
Also interviewed early Sunday was Mahone’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Ashleigh Cleveland. She initially told police she didn’t know Mahone, Kennedy said, which resulted in her being charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal.
Mahone, Brown and Ekperikpe were charged with murder. Mahone faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property.
Kennedy said Mahone had a handgun that had been stolen from Northside Pawn Shop in 2006.
Hollis’ body was sent to Atlanta, and his autopsy is scheduled for today, Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said. The official cause of death is pending the autopsy, the coroner added.
The defendants’ Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.