Columbus State student pleads not guilty to attacking man on campus

Anthony Robert Shuta
Anthony Robert Shuta

A Columbus State University student attacked a man on campus Thursday after a dispute about a photography machine in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, according to court testimony early Wednesday

Anthony Robert Shuta, 36, of Phenix City pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault during a preliminary hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $5,000.

An officer with the CSU Police Department said the victim, who is not a student, flagged him down around 8:57 p.m. Thursday at 6 West 10th St.

The man, who had visible marks on both sides of his neck, reported that he was developing photos in the darkroom when Shuta approached a student in an aggressive manner.

The victim said the student was removing photos from the heater when Shula started cursing at him and demanding that he turn the machine off before removing the images.

Shuta reportedly left the darkroom but returned shortly afterward and choked the victim with his left hand, causing his vision to blur. The incident left the victim with red marks on his neck but he refused medial treatment, the officer testified.

Police said they took Shuta into custody on campus and interviewed him. He admitted to the incident but said he never intended to hurt the man, adding that he was irritated, not angry.

In court, Shuta said it was an altercation between adults that started with the victim’s “smart attitude.”

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92