Hearing delayed until Saturday in the homicide of Mercer Gadsden, 19

With deputies guarding the exits and about two dozen courtroom visitors awaiting the proceedings, Columbus Recorder's Court today was set for a homicide hearing that never happened.

Judge Michael Joyner postponed the case in which both the victim and two suspects are teenagers. Investigators described the fatal shooting early Friday as a drug deal that turned violent.

Charged with murder in the Forrest Road shooting of Mercer Gadsden, 19, are Jeffrey Jones, 18, and a juvenile, 15.

Because relatives said they are hiring a private attorney to represent Jones, Joyner set another hearing in the case for 9 a.m. Saturday. The juvenile was to be represented by a public defender.

Found in a home on Forrest Road near Gleason Avenue, Gadsden was pronounced dead at 2:37 a.m. Friday.

Jones faces charges of murder, armed robbery and using a firearm to commit a crime, police said.