Columbus Police: Suspect admitted to attempted armed robbery, shooting at Columbus Pawn

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6:30 p.m. — Just days after having his leg amputated, an officer helped push 21-year-old murder suspect Marquiell Wilson into his first Recorder’s Court hearing.

Wilson was taken into custody Monday after his release from Midtown Medical Center. He is charged in the murder of 68-year-old Joseph Johnson, a former employee at Columbus Pawn on Fort Benning Road.

An officer testified Wednesday during questioning, Wilson admitted back on December 20, he and his co-defendant 15-year-old Quintavis Williams, went to Columbus Pawn with the intent of robbing the gun case.

The officer also says Wilson was advised of his rights, but that he proceeded without a lawyer to admit he was responsible for shooting both Johnson and his coworker during the attempted robbery.

Wilson’s public defender pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

Judge Julius Hunter found probable cause and bound the case over to Superior Court.

Wilson’s girlfriend of three years says she was shocked to hear he confessed to the crime.

“I don’t know what made him do that, ” Chakeria Jackson tearfully tells News 3’s Mikhaela Singleton. “It hurts a lot, because I been with him for so long and you know he doesn’t have a bad record, never been to jail, never got locked up. You know none of that, and it hurts to know that, you know, he’s gone like that.”

12 p.m. — In a preliminary Recorder’s Court hearing Wednesday, a Columbus Police Officer testifies Columbus Pawn murder suspect, 21-year-old Marquiell Wilson, admitted to deadly attempted armed robbery.

Wilson pleaded ‘not guilty’ and the case was bound over to Superior ­Court.

News 3’s Mikhaela Singleton will keep you updated on this story.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The second man charged in the shooting death of a pawn shop worker will be making a court appearance Wednesday, January 3rd.

Twenty-one-year-old Marquiell Wilson will stand before a judge at 9:00 a.m. this morning.

On Tuesday, Wilson was released from Midtown Medical Center. He was then booked into the Muscogee County Jail on murder charges.

Wilson had been in the hospital since the shooting at Columbus Pawn back on December 20th.

Fifteen-year-old Quintavis Williams is already being held on a related murder charge without bond.

Police say they shot and killed 68-year-old Joseph Johnson and shot another employee in that incident.

Both suspects were also shot.

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