Girlfriend charged in Columbus homicide needs mental health treatment, attorney says

Yashicer Pritchett
Yashicer Pritchett Photo from the Muscogee County Jail

A preliminary hearing for the girlfriend charged in the March 23 fatal shooting of Tommy Ellis Marshall Jr. has been postponed a week.

Yashicer Pritchett, 43, was to go before a judge Friday on the murder charge, but the public defender who was to represent her said Pritchett’s family is going to hire a private attorney.

Recorder’s Court Judge Julius Hunter could not by law have set a bond on Pritchett’s murder charge, so her having no initial hearing this week will not alter her status: She will remain held in the Muscogee County Jail.

Hunter rescheduled the hearing for 9 a.m. April 20.

Robin King, the public defender, told Hunter that Pritchett needs treatment for her mental health, and currently is on medication. King asked the judge to ensure Pritchett’s treatment continues while she’s incarcerated.

Marshall, 51, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his 214 Melvin Ave. home at 4:52 p.m. March 23, when police were asked to check on his welfare.

According to his March 29 obituary in the Ledger-Enquirer, Marshall went by the nickname “Lil Tommy.” He was born in Columbus, went to Carver High School and graduated from Hallie Turner High School.

He worked more than 26 years for the Coca-Cola Company, and played for the Columbus Star football team. A member of Pinehurst Baptist Church, he had a sister, five brothers, and a child.