Columbus crime: Accused killer in court today

Accused killer, Brandon James Floyd, will have his first appearance hearing in Columbus Recorder's Court today at 9 a.m.

The approximately week-long search for Floyd ended Friday morning when the Columbus man turned himself in to police.

Floyd, 23, is accused of shooting acquaintance William Brandon Cobbs, 21, on April 4 in the parking lot of 5401 Gunboat Drive. Cobbs had just received a haircut and was behind the wheel of a Nissan, with Floyd in the back seat, when the bullet struck Cobbs in the upper back, police said.

Floyd was accompanied by his lawyer when he turned himself in to authorities about 11:45 a.m. at the Public Safety Center on 10th Street.

He has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Cobbs’ death was the second homicide in Columbus this year. The first was Victor M. Barnes, 19, who died Jan. 22 at The Medical Center.