Wilson Apartments murder suspect pleads not guilty

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – A Columbus family is searching for closure less than a week after losing a 16-year-old girl. Lekeshia Moses’ family wants to know the circumstances surrounding Friday’s shooting at Wilson Apartments. Moses, 16, was shot in the face, and police suspect Lernard Bonner in this murder case.

Lernard Bonner faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Lekeshia Moses.
Lernard Bonner faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Lekeshia Moses.

A judge denied Bonner bond Tuesday in Recorder’s Court, after the 17-year-old pleaded not guilty to shooting Moses. The judge bound the case over to Superior Court.

But the victim’s family is still looking for answers, even after the guilty plea. Bonner turned himself into police Sunday. In court, an attorney told the judge that the shooting was an accident. Police say one witness told them that Bonner said “He didn’t mean to do it.”

“It’s not good,” Marilyn Butler said. “It’s not good. It’s too much on this family right now. And the not knowing is what’s making it really really hard, the not knowing.”

Butler is the grandmother of Moses’ sister. The family could not hold back their tears after exiting the courtroom. They say Moses would have been a sophomore at Carver High School in the fall. She had plans to go join the military after school. Family members describe her as “in charge” and fun-loving.

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