Slaying suspect waives hearing, case goes to Superior Court

Martin Taylor, who was fatally shot early Saturday at the Shanty Shack, tried to keep his assailant from leaving the bar by grabbing his car keys, eyewitnesses said Monday.

Victor Dowdney, 50, is accused of killing the 37-year-old at the Warm Springs Road bar. He appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court Monday on charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Dowdney waived his preliminary hearing, which sent the case to Muscogee County Superior Court. He is being held with no bond.

Eyewitnesses said after court that the shooting stemmed from an off-duty bouncer walking Dowdney's on-again, off-again girlfriend to her car. Lisa Shelton was about five feet in front of Will Cook when he said Dowdney ran around the front of his van to confront him.

"He was screaming at the top of his lungs, cursing at her," Cook said. "Then he kind of squared off with me. I've had a lot of people look at me outside of bars and want to fight. I've never had anybody look at me and want to kill me."

See Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.