2 charged in deputy's death denied bond

Two men charged with murder in the Sunday morning shooting death of a Muscogee County sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty this morning in Columbus Recorder's Court.

Tremaine Pyatt, 23, and Joseph H. Taylor, 21, both of Columbus, were ordered held without bond after Senior Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski found probable cause following presentation of evidence by Columbus Police Detective Robert Jackson.

Pyatt and Taylor were each appointed attorneys, with Stephen Hyles representing Pyatt and Michael Garner representing Taylor. Both men are charged with the murder of Deputy Sheriff Meredith Rhodes and giving false statements to police.

Rhodes, 27, was off duty and was driving along Steam Mill Road about 2 a.m. Sunday when he was shot once in the neck. Police said he was headed to a package store and lounge at 4950 Steam Mill Road.

Read more about this story later today online and in print editions of Friday's Ledger-Enquirer.