A Columbus man said he was joking around when he aimed a gun at his 5-year-old brother and 9-year-old sister, according to testimony Tuesday in Recorder’s Court.
Ticuondre Jovon Nelson, 20, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of reckless conduct, aggravated assault, pointing a gun at another, first-degree child cruelty, third-degree child cruelty, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of criminal trespassing. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $89,500.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer Ricky Baran was called to the 5800 block of Windham Court around 7:20 p.m. June 19 to check on a domestic dispute.
Nelson got into an argument with two of his family members about him allegedly aiming a gun at his 9-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother two days before.
Baran said Nelson pointed a gun at his brother’s head after the boy refused to give up the chips he was eating. He allegedly aimed the weapon at his sister’s head moments later, because she refused to handover her headphones.
He told his siblings he was just playing around, according to the sister’s statement to police.
Nelson and the women he was arguing with about the June 17 incident went into separate rooms, but authorities said Nelson continued to be “verbally aggressive.”
He allegedly fired shots in the residence, and the bullet grazed his 9-year-old sister. She was not transported to the hospital for treatment. No one else was harmed.
Warrants were then issued for Nelson. He turned himself in to authorities at the Muscogee County Jail at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Public Defender Robin King asked the judge to dismiss the first-degree child cruelty charges against her client, stating that Nelson didn’t physically or mentally harm the child.
The judge denied her motion, stating that a grand jury could possibly find that the children suffered severe mental anguish after having a gun aimed at their head.
Nelson’s criminal history includes charges stemming from a carjacking that occurred October 18, 2015, outside of the Cat Walk nightclub on Veterans Parkway.
He was allegedly one of three armed men who trapped the man in the parking lot before leaving in his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.
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