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Fifth suspect sought in shooting death of rapper in Pizza Hut parking lot, police say

A single fingerprint leads to murder suspects arrest

Columbus Police detective Cpl. Robert Nicholas testified that Eric Spencer's fingerprint was found on the rear driver's side door of the Jeep Wrangler where Brandon Denson was shot and killed as Denson sat in the driver's seat
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Columbus Police detective Cpl. Robert Nicholas testified that Eric Spencer's fingerprint was found on the rear driver's side door of the Jeep Wrangler where Brandon Denson was shot and killed as Denson sat in the driver's seat

Seven months after rapper Branden Denson was fatally shot in the parking lot at Pizza Hut on Buena Vista Road, Columbus police have charged another suspect with murder.

Police are looking for Tyree Jaquan Smith in connection with the April 6 death of Denson, 32, Police Lt. Greg Touchberry said Thursday in a release.

Smith is the fifth suspect charged in the shooting at 4236 Buena Vista Road. He joins 24-year-old Tommie Jamal Mullins, an aspiring rap artist and the one accused in planning the shooting, Dover Bartlett Coppins, 24, and Eric Randall Spencer, 29, and Johnathon Lemorris Swift, 26.

Denson was shot during the theft of his marijuana, police testified during court hearings. Police were called about 10:28 p.m. to the parking lot to check on a person shot.

Known as “Billion Dollar BD,” Denson was found shot three times in the back while sitting in the driver’s seat of his black Jeep Wrangler. Police said a suitcase with 15 to 16 pounds of packaged marijuana has never been found.

Smith should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. He is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. He has tattoos “Flossie” on his right arm and “S” on the right arm.

Anyone with information on the location of Smith should contact Robert Nicholas at 706-225-4363 or robertnicholas@columbusga.org.

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