Dundell Cash, the man charged in the Nov. 10, 2006, shooting death of Euan John Dougal at Columbus' Platinum Club, had his first appearance hearing in Recorder's Court this morning.
Charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Cash stood silently in court as Columbus Police Detective Barry Davis testified that a witness heard Dougal and Cash arguing outside the club that night and saw Cash shoot the 25-year-old victim.
Toward the end of the 20-minute hearing, Cash's attorney, L. David Wolfe, requested his client's murder charge be reduced to manslaughter. Judge Michael Cielinski denied that request and gave Cash, 42, no bond, sending the case to Muscogee County Superior Court.
Besides Davis' testimony at the 9 a.m. hearing, Cielinski heard from three other witnesses, all employees of the 2727 Manchester Expressway club.
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Samantha Taylor, a Platinum Club dancer and Dougal's girlfriend, told Cielinski she and Dougal were in the parking lot together about 3 a.m. when Cash approached.
She said she left the two men standing in front of the business when another worker asked her to go inside. Moments later, she heard several gunshots, Taylor testified.
The employee who escorted her inside also testified in court Thursday. He said he also heard several gunshots, six to be exact. He ushered Taylor and the other dancers downstairs and yelled for someone to call 911.
Neither Taylor nor the male employee she was with saw Cash shoot Dougal, but both club employees said Cash was the only person they saw near Dougal in the parking lot when they walked inside.
The man who claims he saw the shooting was not in court.
Investigators say Dennis Archer told them that as Cash and Dougal stood together outside the club, Cash yelled at Dougal something like, "Don't push me. Don't ever push me," before shooting Dougal several times, mostly in the abdomen, at point-blank range.
Dougal was unarmed.
Cash was arrested Nov. 2 in South Carolina, where police stopped him for a traffic violation and learned of his outstanding warrants. Cash did not fight extradition to Georgia.