Two suspects accused of murder and other charges in connection with the death of a possible informant in a bank robbery pleaded not guilty during a Saturday hearing in Columbus Recorder's Court.
Dantrell Cornelius Marshall, 21, is charged with murder in the Sept. 22, 2008, shooting death of David Coleman, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a handgun by a person under age 18. Daphene Ann Castille, 44, faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and trafficking in cocaine.
Judge Michael Joyner ordered both held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail on the charges and bound the cases over to Superior Court.
Coleman died after bullets were fired through the window of his Lawyers Lane home. He was struck in the stomach, chest and forearm. Police detective Michael Dahnke didn't identify the person but said a concerned resident identified Marshall near Coleman's home when the shooting occurred. "He was 20 to 25 yards from where the shooting took place," he said.
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To protect the identity of the concerned resident, Dahnke said information on that person is sealed and locked away. No weapons have been recovered in connection with the shooting.
In probing Coleman's death, police found a link between the shooting death and the Sept. 10, 2008, robbery of the Columbus Bank & Trust branch at 5445 Forrest Road. Dahnke said a relative told him that Castille was the mastermind behind the bank robbery and police have a hat linking Marshall to the robbery. Castille has denied any role in the bank robbery.
In addition to Marshall, Jamal Hakeem Castille and Terrell Maurice Mars were later arrested in the bank robbery. Warrants state police have linked Mars and Jamal Castille in the conspiracy to have Coleman killed. While Marshall's charge in the bank robbery is still pending, the other two men are serving time in federal prison for the bank robbery.
Dahnke said police have issued warrants for more arrests in connection with the death. "It's an ongoing investigation," he said.
Tim Flournoy, the attorney representing Marshall, asked the detective what changed in the cold case. Dahnke said he received a phone call on May 3 and was asked if he wanted documents related to the bank robbery. Three weeks later, he received the information from a federal agency.
On the trafficking charge against the suspects, Dahnke said Marshall and Daphene Castille were traveling in a car July 2008 in Texas when it was stopped for a traffic violation. Police found 15 ounces of cocaine valued at $42,500, and a .38-caliber revolver. They were sent money and released on bond. The cases are handled here because the drugs were headed from Houston to Columbus.