Chattahoochee Superior Court Judge William Rumer has confirmed Monday, May 13, as the day for the murder trial of Michael Jason Registe to begin.
At a status hearing Wednesday afternoon, Rumer confirmed the date and heard arguments over whether to allow cameras in the courtroom. Upon a request filed by the Ledger-Enquirer and WLTZ-TV, Rumer asked if either the defense or prosecution objected to the presence of cameras. Both did voice objections, but Rumer overruled them and said he would allow cameras as long as they did not intrude on the proceedings.
Registe was present at the hearing, dressed in dark blue pants and a T-shirt, sitting between his Atlanta attorneys, Manny Arora and David Windecher, at the defense table. He was silent throughout the brief hearing.
Representing the state was Laura Murphree, a prosecutor with the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia.
Registe is accused of the execution-style slaying of 21-year-old Randy Newton Jr. and 20-year-old Bryan Kilgore in July 2007 at the Cross Creek Apartments in Columbus. Both men were Columbus State University student athletes.
Before his arrest, Registe fled the United States and was eventually tracked down and arrested Aug. 27, on St. Maarten, an island in the Netherlands Antilles. The case gained national attention when Registe fled the country, sparking an international manhunt that was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.”