Man shot dead, another wounded in second Memorial Day weekend homicide

One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting Saturday night in the yard of a home on Kendrick Avenue, police said.

Johnny Hawkins, 25, had multiple gun shot wounds at the scene in the 200 block of Kendrick Avenue, where he was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m., said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

Columbus police were called to an 11:30 p.m. report of shots fired near the intersection of Kendrick Avenue and Thornton Drive, and found Hawkins dead in the yard. “The people at the residence had no idea who the man was,” said police Lt. Greg Touchberry.

Officers also found a then-unidentified male lying in the road on Thornton Drive, about a block away, Touchberry said. That man also was wounded, and was transported to the Piedmont Regional Medical Center emergency room.

The man "was unable to speak due to the injuries that he sustained," Touchberry said.

Witnesses in the area heard several gun shots and saw a gray or silver four-door sedan leaving the scene, traveling up Thornton Drive, he said.

This is the second homicide police have reported this Memorial Day weekend.

Police arrested a man charged with stabbing and killing his wife, 34-year-old De Ann King, earlier Saturday.

Marcus Dewayne King, 39, is charged with murder, aggravated assault, using a knife to commit a crime, and cruelty to children in the third degree, detectives said.

The deaths are the 12th and 13th homicides of the year.