More than two months after the 31-year-old victim of a Oct. 28 stabbing died at Midtown Medical Center, the man accused of the incident pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday morning in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Felton Davis Jr., 51, was originally charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident, but the charge has been upgraded. Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said the exact cause of death is pending toxicology results, but authorities confirmed that Korby Berry died Nov. 7 as a result of the stabbing.
Columbus Police Detective David Stokes said authorities were called to a stabbing at Job’s House at 1235 5th Ave. They found Berry wounded at the homeless shelter.
Officials said the Davis and Berry were fighting when Davis allegedly stabbed him three times in the chest. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera, Stokes testified.
On Nov. 1, Davis pleaded not guilty in Recorder’s Court to an aggravated assault charge stemming from the Oct. 28 incident.
Clara Fraizer, the suspect’s aunt, said Davis’ left arm was amputated just below his elbow more than 20 years ago when he was struck by a train at Manchester Expressway and River Road. He has been disabled and only worked on odd jobs.
Fraizer said Davis was the victim of a shooting and he is a target by some over the years because he is disabled.
“If he can help somebody, he will do it,” she said outside the courtroom.
Judge Michael Joyner ordered Davis held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond and bound the murder charge over to Superior Court.
Berry’s death pushes the total 2016 Columbus homicides investigated by police to 26. The coroner’s list expanded to 28 homicides, with one classified by police as justified homicide and the other involuntary manslaughter.