Columbus crime: Murder hearing postponed

The first appearance hearing in Columbus Recorder's Court this morning for accused killer, Brandon James Floyd, was postponed.

The case's lead detective, Charlie Fairbairn, wasn't available to testify at the 9 a.m. hearing, so a continuance was requested on his behalf. Judge Michael Cielinski rescheduled the hearing for Saturday 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.