The man charged in the July 20, 2007, double homicide that left Bryan Kilgore and Randy Newton Jr. dead in the parking lot of Columbus’ Cross Creek apartments is scheduled for a March 25 arraignment in Muscogee Superior Court, according to court clerks.
The formal reading of charges against Michael Registe is set for 10 a.m. that Friday in Judge Doug Pullen’s 10th floor courtroom in the Government Center.
Registe faces murder charges in the execution-style shootings of Kilgore, 20, and Newton, 21. He fled the country after the slayings and wound up on the FBI’s list of 10 most-wanted fugitives, authorities say. He was captured on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on Aug. 27, 2008.
When the case goes to trial, prosecutors plan to introduce evidence of Registe’s criminal record, including accusations of aggravated assault, breaking into vehicles and selling drugs.
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According to court records, jurors will hear testimony that Registe in 2006 pulled a gun on a man who bought drugs from him for five years. A woman will testify that she saw Registe get involved in “violent acts” while selling drugs.
In November 2005, while in possession of cocaine, marijuana and Ecstacy, Registe shot a man in the head, arm and leg, authorities say.Registe pleaded guilty in June 2002 to charges of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and obstructing a police officer. He was sentenced to three years in prison, records show.
In December 2000, after he pleaded guilty to entering an automobile and possessing tools during the commission of a crime, he was sentenced to a year in prison, court records show.
Registe’s attorney, Atlanta lawyer Manny Arora, is seeking a change of venue, arguing his client can’t get a fair trial in Columbus.