Two men linked by authorities to the Dec. 5 death of Richard Boynton Jr. pleaded not guilty in Columbus Recorder’s Court on Tuesday, court records show.
Christopher Young, 24, and Patrick Satterfield, 20, each face charges of murder, armed robbery, burglary and possessing a firearm while committing a crime in Boynton’s death, police said. Both were ordered held without bond, and their cases were bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court, records state.
Boynton, 78, was found dead in his Burnside Drive home nearly 10 months ago. Police were called around midnight Dec. 5 to check on an open door at the elderly man’s east Columbus home, which witnesses said appeared to have been burglarized. Officers found Boynton fatally shot in the chest.
Columbus police Lt. Lynn Joiner said Young and Satterfield work at a Milgen Road business, which the lieutenant declined to identify. Satterfield was arrested as he left work Sept. 23. Young was arrested on his way to work Thursday.
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Satterfield had appeared in court Friday for a separate armed robbery case, in which Boynton’s two grandsons, Raimone Boynton, 24, and Richard Boynton, 20, are also suspects. The three, along with two others, are accused of invading a home on Sept. 18, 2008, and taking more than $3,200 in cash from eight men playing poker.
The case against Satterfield and Young will now likely proceed to a Muscogee County grand jury, which has the power to indict the men on the charges or dismiss them.