Arrest in Trotter Murder

The Columbus Police Department has arrested a suspect in the Thanksgiving murder of Cordell Lewis. According to a press release, Undra Williams Jr., 25, of 2409 23rd Avenue North, was arrested at his home early on Dec. 15 by the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, the Lowndes County Narcotics Task Force and CPD. He is charged with murder Lewis was fatally shot in the street outside the Trotter Convention Center after a Thanksgiving party. He later died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. It was the first murder of 2017 in Columbus. The release said that Williams’ arrest is “one...

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First Homicide of the Year in the City of Columbus

A Thanksgiving party turns deadly in downtown Columbus. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says 27-year-old Cordell DeShaun Lewis of Columbus died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle shortly after being brought there following a 12;15 a.m. shooting Thursday outside the upper level of the Trotter Convention Center. Witnesses and police tell The Packet four shots rang out, even with a police officer working security within a few feet of the incident. The shooter fled and still is being sought, police said. Frankie Buckley had the convention center rented for a party with a DJ. He sold tickets and the price...

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Samuel Sentenced for Bloody Burger

by Steve Rogers/The Packet Judge Lee Coleman sentenced 19-year-old Sky Samuel to five years with four years suspended and a year to serve for serving unwholesome bread. While the criminal charge may be unknown the case itself is not, having attracted international attention after Samuel wiped a hamburger in her menstrual and other vaginal fluids and gave it to a customer at the drive-through window at the Jack’s restaurant in Columbus where Samuel worked. She later was recorded admitting to what she’d done and laughing about it. Courtney King, the Tupelo woman who bought the item, was not aware...

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Woman Wanted for Witness Intimidation

The Columbus Police Department needs your help locating a suspect that is wanted for Intimidating a Witness. Tuesday, Nov, 7, a warrant was issued for Joanne Smith, 36, concerning an incident that occurred on Nov. 4 at the Premier Lounge on 22nd Street South in Columbus. Intimidating a Witness is a felony and if convicted can carry a maximum sentence of $5,000 and/or 15 years in prison. Smith was arrested in August for the same crime. CPD officers arrested her on Brooks Road Monday after she allegedly threatened the victim of a crime. Smith and the victim became involved...

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Booth Body Cam Video Won’t Be Released

The Packet Body camera video from this weekend’s fatal officer-involved shooting will not be released. Representatives from MBI met for about 30 minutes with officials from the City of Columbus at 11:30 Monday morning. The decision was made at that meeting. The Packet put in a public records request for Booth’s body camera video. In an email to the Packet Tuesday afternoon, City Attorney Jeff Turnage wrote: “As promised, we have spoken to MBI and carefully considered your request.  Pursuant to Section 25-61-3 the materials the video is part of an ‘investigative report’ as it is being compiled in...

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