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Columbus courts update: 2 women accused of harboring murder suspect Leo Scott given $12K bond

Two women accused of harboring murder suspect Leo Scott waived their preliminary hearing Friday and were ordered held on $12,000 in bond.

Rachael Banks, 22, and Kimberly Gosa, 24, both face charges of hindering the apprehension of a criminal and misdemeanor marijuana offenses. The women were with Scott inside Gosa’s Lemon Tree Apartments home Thursday morning when Columbus police tried to serve Scott with arrest warrants for the fatal shooting of Velencia Compton in South Carolina, police said.

Banks and Gosa answered the door, and police ushered them to safety. When detectives again knocked on the apartment door, they heard a gunshot. The SWAT Team later found Scott dead with a Hi-point .380-caliber pistol in an upstairs bedroom, police report.

Officers also found $240 worth of marijuana in the apartment, along with items used to grind and weigh the drug, reports state.

Police took the women to the Columbus Public Safety Center, and they were later booked into the Muscogee County Jail, records state.

Initially held without bond, Banks and Gosa waived their preliminary hearing Friday morning and pleaded not guilty. Columbus Recorder’s Court Senior Judge Michael Cielinski then gave each woman $12,000 in bond.

Reports state Banks picked up Scott from Oak Crest Drive, off Buena Vista Road, on Wednesday. Gosa then let Scott stay at her Lemon Tree apartment. Both women knew that Scott was wanted for murder.

Scott, who has a 3-year-old son with Compton, allegedly shot the woman on Jan. 26 in Port Royal, S.C. Port Royal Detective Andre Massey told the Beaufort Gazette that when Scott came to Compton’s apartment at 21 Battery Lane the night of Jan. 26, he brought a bouquet of roses, perhaps hoping he and Compton would reconcile. Instead they got into an argument authorities believe ended in the shooting.

Port Royal police called to the apartment around 9 p.m. found Compton with a gunshot wound to the head.

Scott took her car and their son and drove back to Columbus.

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