A preliminary hearing for Timothy Tarr, the man accused of killing Alcides Ruben Washington, was continued until Tuesday because a police officer who was needed to testify was not available.
Attorney Jennifer Curry, who represents Tarr, issued the following statement, but declined further comment: “At this time, we do ask for respect for both families. This is a major loss for both families. The families were friends. They remain friends, and this was just a tragic accident that we hope we can all get past.”
Tarr, 33, is accused of killing Washington with a single gunshot to the head on Tuesday at Stone Creek Court.
Washington was pronounced dead at 2:49 a.m. Wednesday at Midtown Medical Center, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. His body will be sent for an autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Decatur.
Tarr, 50, was arrested around 2:33 a.m. Wednesday in connection with the shooting and initially charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was transported to the Muscogee County Jail for Friday’s hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Columbus police said they were called to the 6700 block of Stone Creek Court around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
He was transported to the hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition but later died.
The motive behind the shooting has yet to be released.