Suspect denied lower bond in brutal Upatoi triple homicide
Judge Gil McBride said he would let bonds totaling $1 million stand for Raheam Daniel Gibson, who with Rufus Lanard Burks and Jervarceay Tapley is charged in the slayings of Gloria Short, 54; her son Caleb Short, 17; and her granddaughter Gianna Lindsey, 10.
Mike HaskeyThe Ledger-Enquirer
Suspect denied lower bond in brutal Upatoi triple homicide
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Marcus Terrell Marshall, 33, of Columbus pleaded not guilty to one count each of trafficking in cocaine, fleeing to elude police, obstruction of a police officer, a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, improper backing and possession of drug related objects after his 3:30 p.m. arrest at 1751 Williams.
Columbus Recorder's Court Judge Julius Hunter continued Wednesday afternoon a hearing for Kenneth James,49, until Friday morning at 9 a.m. after James requested time so he and his family can hire a private attorney of their choice to defend him. James was arrested Oct. 16 along with Marcus Terrell Marshall,33, and has been charged with trafficking in cocaine. Police and agents seized approximately 26.45 pounds of powder cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $1 Million during the operation.
A monthlong investigation by the Columbus Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Special Operations Unit has led to the seizure of $1 million worth of cocaine, $24,000 in cash, two vehicles and assorted guns, Police Chief Ricky Boren said Tuesday. Two men are charged in connection with the ongoing investigation, the chief said. They were identified as Kenneth James, 49, of Phenix City and Marcus Terrell Marshall, 33, of Columbus.
Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins announced during a Friday morning press conference that Cpl. Bridget Goolsby with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office has been accused of stealing more than 1,000 pills from the Drug Take-Back program. Tompkins said she saw Goolsby take a garbage bag full of medication from a drop box without approval.
Family members of Lonny Braxton speak about his death, the impact on their family and remember the difference he made in their lives. Braxton, 35, was shot Friday night in his backyard on Clover Avenue in Columbus, authorities said.
Eight investigators in the homicide unit are dividing up the unsolved cases, reviewing the evidence, and presenting each case to their colleagues for discussion. The unit is sending more evidence to crime laboratories for DNA-testing, as more sensitive methods now can derive a DNA profile from skin cells, or “touch DNA.”
Mark Shelnutt, defense attorney for Raheem Gibson, gives an update of what happened during a Friday afternoon hearing before Superior Court Judge Gil McBride. Gibson is one of three young men charged in the murders deaths of a Columbus grandmother, her son and granddaughter. Raheem Daniel Gibson, Jervarceay Tapley, and Rufus Lanard Burks, 16; each face charges in the brutal killings of Gloria Short, 54; her son, Caleb Short, 17; and granddaughter, Gianna Lindsey, 10; who were found dead in Short’s Bentley Drive home in Upatoi.
Speaking during a Bibb County bond hearing on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Torrence Fatai Thornton, 43, denied raping a 15-year-old. Thornton, who admits he has HIV, is accused of raping the girl and sodomizing a woman.
Quamae Bellamy, 27, pleaded not guilty to one count each of reckless conduct (HIV), obstruction and criminal trespassing and two counts each of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and animal cruelty. He was accused of striking three dogs with a PVC pipe and attacking three Columbus police officers.
The 35-year-old man accused of leading authorities into a chase Tuesday afternoon that ended with a three-vehicle crash appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court. Edward Baez, 35, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, disregarding a traffic control device, no proof of insurance, no state tag and fleeing to elude. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $17,625.
Columbus police said a man fleeing from authorities in Alabama Tuesday afternoon drove into Columbus and was involved in a multi vehicle crash at Veterans Parkway and Whitesville Road. Police said he was taken to the Muscogee County Jail and faces numerous charges yet to be determined. This is a breaking story and we will update this story with additional details as they become available.
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren has confirmed another officer involved shooting, this one at the intersection of Holly Avenue and 41st Street early Friday morning. The suspect has a non life-threatening injury, Boren said, and has been transported to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus.
Columbus police officers responded to a shots fired call on Mill Branch Road at the intersection of Luna Drive around 8:30 a.m., Police Chief Ricky Boren said. At some point the man pointed the gun at one of the officers and an officer fired two shots at the man, one of them striking him in the leg, Boren said. He is in surgery at Midtown Medical Center.