Woman accused of aiding fugitive collapses in court

After pleading not guilty to helping her boyfriend avoid arrest before he fell through a ceiling, Alexis Messenger of Columbus collapsed today during a Recorder’s Court hearing.

Messenger, 22, was doing better after receiving treatment in the jail’s clinic, an official said after the 8 a.m. hearing.

Messenger was in court with Travis Hill, the fugitive she is accused of hindering police from arresting on Monday when officers with the Special Operations Unit went to 7309 Paprika Lane. Judge Michael Joyner set bond for Messenger at $2,500 and bound the charge over to Muscogee Superior Court.

Hill, 31, was ordered held without bond on the obstruction of police charge. He was in court earlier this week on charges of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and drug related objects.

Officer Scott Taft testified that Messenger had been informed earlier in the day by a police detective who was looking for Hill. The police woman told Messenger she could be charged if he’s at the home and she knew about it.

Taft said officers arrived at the home about 11 p.m. and spoke to Messenger who said Hill wasn’t at the home. About that time, Taft said officers heard movement in the attic.

They were about to enter the attic when Hill fell through the ceiling and landed on a coffee table.