Hearing in fatal Forrest Road shooting postponed

With deputies guarding the exits and two dozen or so family and friends of the victim and suspects awaiting the proceedings, Columbus Recorder’s Court was set Monday for a homicide hearing that never happened.

Judge Michael Joyner postponed the case in which three teenagers allegedly were involved in what police described as a drug deal that turned violent, resulting in the death of Mercer Gadsden.

Charged in Gadsden’s fatal shooting Friday were Jeffrey Jones, 18, whose address jail records listed as 2944 Lansing Ave. in Columbus, and a juvenile, 15.

Because relatives said they needed time to hire a private attorney to represent Jones, Joyner set another hearing in the case for 9 a.m. Saturday. The juvenile was to be represented Monday by public defender Charles Lykins.

Found in a Forrest Road home near Gleason Avenue, Gadsden, 19, was pronounced dead at 2:37 a.m. Friday.

Arrested nine hours later, Jones faces charges of murder, armed robbery and using a firearm to commit a crime, authorities said.