The suspected shooter in an April 4 Torch Hill Road incident appeared in Recorder's Court Wednesday morning.
Steve Terrell Roberson, 44, pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault after police say he threatened and shot toward a woman at 2:10 a.m.
Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski placed Roberson in the Muscogee County Jail with a $10,000 bond and bounded the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Sgt. Lance Deaton said that Roberson and the victim allegedly were in the victim's apartment in the 2000 block of Torch Hill Road when an altercation ensued.
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According to police's previous statements, Roberson was at the apartment to participate in a game of dice with the woman and her friends. Then he later became drunk and belligerent and threatened to burn the place down, the woman reported to police.
Deaton said Roberson left the apartment but returned later on.
It was then that a verbal altercation involving Roberson ensued, and the victim reportedly told Roberson that he was not welcome in her home, officials said.
Roberson allegedly threatened to kill the victim, fired a handgun next to her left ear and fled the area, police said. The woman was not injured, according to police.
Deaton told the court that Roberson was positively identified as the shooter, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
On Monday, Roberson turned himself in to police but claimed that victim attacked him, Deaton testified.
The suspect told the court that he got into an argument with the victim and her mother about his cigarettes begin taken, but he did not have a gun in his possession at the time.
"She came after me with a butcher knife, and she stuck me in my neck," Roberson testified. "...I didn't have [any] gun on me. I reached for my cellphone, and she cut me."
Deaton said five witnesses say he they either heard or saw the shooting, and witnessed someone that matched Roberson's description leave the area afterwards.
The Columbus sergeant also mentioned that the suspect's only injures were healed "superficial marks" on his arms.