Columbus police officer accused of murder makes first court appearance

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The Columbus police officer accused of killing paramedic Kelly Levinsohn on May 11 made his first court appearance Saturday morning and pleaded not guilty.

Sgt. William Tally, 51, appeared in front of Recorder’s Court Judge Robert Wadkins Sr. The officer was ordered held without bond and the case was bound over to Superior Court where Talley will face murder charges.

Talley’s defense attorney Jennifer Curry waived the preliminary hearing, so no evidence was heard.

“The public should be mindful that there are families involved on both sides of this tragedy,” Curry said. “Rumors are hurtful, especially to the children. As with every case, we ask that the public respect the privacy of the innocent.”

Talley has two teenage daughters. His wife was in the courtroom, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Talley also faces charges of using a gun to commit a crime and violating his oath as a police officer.

In the first news release, Columbus police called it a domestic incident. 

Levinsohn was shot to death inside her Pratt Avenue residence May 11 about 8 p.m. Talley was taken into custody after crashing the truck he was driving in Harris County.

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