Columbus police found the murder suspect in the Sept. 4 Farr Road shooting while searching for a burglary suspect wanted in an unrelated incident, according to an arrest report.
Robert Furr, 19, was arrested at the residence early Thursday and charged with the death of 35-year-old Travis Porter, a key witness in a 2016 murder trial who was shot the day before he was scheduled to appear in Superior Court.
Two Columbus police officers responded to Midtown Square Apartments at 1400 Boxwood Boulevard around 8:09 a.m. Thursday to serve an arrest warrant.
The caller told police that Trenton Thomas, a wanted person, was standing outside of the apartment complex. Police confirmed that he was wanted on several warrants of burglary and theft by receiving stolen property.
Officials spotted the homeowner on the balcony and asked her if Thomas was in the residence. She told police that she wasn’t sure, but they could go inside and search for him, according to the report.
Moments later, police spotted a black man open the front door, shut the door and lock it. The woman then told officers to leave, because they didn’t have any warrants in hand, according to the report.
A third officer later arrived on the scene with a copy of the warrants. She then allowed them inside the residence, where officials said they located about eight people, including children.
Police didn’t clarify whether they located Thomas, but they said they found a man later identified as Furr under the bed with a BB gun that resembled a rifle.
Police asked him for his personal information and he allegedly gave the wrong name and date of birth. Officials confirmed his true identity before taking him into custody on one count of murder and additional charges of obstruction and giving false information.
Furr was accused in the death of Porter, who was shot around 8:44 a.m. Sept. 4. at Hannah Heights Apartments at 909 Farr Road.
Porter was killed a day before he was scheduled to appear in Superior Court to face felony perjury charges related to his testimony in the 2016 murder trial that ended with the acquittal of 26-year-old Reginald Jackson.
Jackson was accused in the killing of 23-year-old Dior Cheney, who was shot in a 2013 shooting at the intersection of Benning Drive and Head Street.
Officials said Cheney was driving a 2010 Ford Focus when he was killed and Porter, the passenger, was wounded by a gunman who fired shots into the car.
Porter took the stand as a key witness in the trial and denied that Jackson was the shooter, recanting what he previously told investigators.
“I just told them whatever so they’d leave me alone,” Porter told Senior Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly at the 2016 trial.
James T. Edwards Jr., who was also a witness in the case, told the court he couldn’t recall any statements he gave to police.