Five of six Columbus teenagers pleaded not guilty this morning to murder, armed robbery and first-degree arson charges in the Aug. 10 slaying of a man whose body was discovered in a burning car in Flat Rock Park.
Columbus Police Detective Robert Jackson told Senior Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski that each of the accused gave statements that detail how the slaying was plotted from the beginning as a robbery-murder of 28-year-old Aubrey Hector. The man who was shot to death, then driven to the park off of Warm Springs Road and burned along with his car, had sold marijuana to at least one of the defendants previously, and was to meet that defendant Friday evening to sell him a quarter-pound of marijuana.
Standing silent throughout the 9 a.m. hearing as their attorneys questioned Jackson were defendants James Stewart, 18, of 5248 Spinnaker Court; Frank Ravenel, 18, of 6 Trestlewood Court, Apt. 2; Vincent Clegg, 19, of 5405 Old Dominion Road; Michael Jarvis, 18, of 6309 Rockefeller Drive; and Kyle Klamer, 19, of 5202 Cunningham Drive.
Defendant Robert Hancock, 17, of 5317 Old Dominion Road, was not present for the hearing. Suffering from burns allegedly received as Hector's car was being set on fire, Hancock was taken to The Medical Center after his arrest, then transferred to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., where he was interviewed and remains while receiving treatment for his burns, Jackson said.
Read more about this story online later today and in print editions of Saturday's Ledger-Enquirer.