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.