Columbus’ ninth homicide this year was the result of a long-running feud between suspect Jama Tervore Zanders and victim Maurice Streeter, police testified today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
That feud came to a climax about 1 a.m. Sunday, March 24, when a cousin was picking Streeter up at the 510 building of Booker T. Washington Apartments off Veterans Parkway downtown, Detective J. Bailey told Judge Michael Cielinski today.
Bailey said the cousin, who knew Zanders by the nickname “Black,” was only feet away as she watched Streeter step outside his girlfriend’s apartment, lock the door, walk down the steps and start toward her car. That’s when Zanders, 24, who’d had disputes with Streeter since the two fought in 2010, walked by, pulled out a handgun and fired three shots, striking Streeter in the left hand, left bicep and left chest, Bailey said.
The cousin immediately drove Streeter to The Medical Center, where he lingered in a comatose state until he died at age 24 about 8 p.m. Monday, police said.
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The morning he was shot, patrol officers just happened to be at the apartments on another call, and heard the three gunshots, Bailey said. They went to investigate and saw a black man running west toward Third Avenue, where they lost sight of him, the detective said.
He said a tipster later called police and told them where to find three shell casings where Streeter was shot. The weapon has not been found, Bailey said.
A patrol officer arrested Zanders when he gave the officer a false name Wednesday, police said. While under arrest for giving police false information, he also was charged with murder, using a firearm to commit a crime and being a felon with a firearm, officers said.
Cielinski sent the case to Muscogee Superior Court, granting no bond on the murder charge and bonds of $15,000 each on the other charges.