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Capital murder suspects denied bond

 

Victoria Slayton, left, and Malcolm Hill

Victoria Slayton, left, and Malcolm Hill

 

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton, right, leads Victoria Slayton to the courtroom in the Columbus Municipal Complex for her initial appearance Wednesday. Slayton is one of two suspects charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Markcus Pate over the weekend.

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton, right, leads Victoria Slayton to the courtroom in the Columbus Municipal Complex for her initial appearance Wednesday. Slayton is one of two suspects charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Markcus Pate over the weekend.
Photo by: Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff

 

Malcolm Hill walks to the courtroom in the Columbus Municipal Complex for his initial appearance Wednesday. Hill was one of two suspects arrested Monday for the murder of 34-year-old Markcus Pate. Authorities said Hill and his co-defendant, Victoria Slayton, shot Pate during the commission of a robbery.

Malcolm Hill walks to the courtroom in the Columbus Municipal Complex for his initial appearance Wednesday. Hill was one of two suspects arrested Monday for the murder of 34-year-old Markcus Pate. Authorities said Hill and his co-defendant, Victoria Slayton, shot Pate during the commission of a robbery.
Photo by: Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff

 

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

 

A Columbus municipal judge denied bond to two capital murder suspects at their initial court appearance Wednesday. 

 

Caledonia resident Victoria Slayton, 23, and Malcolm Hill, 25, of Shannon will remain in custody at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center until their preliminary hearing Oct. 25.  

 

Slayton and Hill were arrested Monday for the murder of 34-year-old Markcus Pate, who was found shot to death in his 11th Street South apartment Saturday morning. According to the arrest affidavit Judge Gary Goodwin read during the suspects' initial appearance, Slayton and Hill were arrested for killing Pate "while engaged in the felony of a robbery." While Goodwin said the affidavit contained more detail, he did not read the rest aloud in court. 

 

The Dispatch has submitted a public records request for the arrest affidavits. 

 

Mississippi law does not require judges set bond for capital murder suspects before they have a full hearing. 

 

Hill was arrested at an east Columbus residence, while Slayton was arrested at the Columbus Police Department after she came in to answer questions about the investigation into Pate's death, Chief Fred Shelton said. At the time of their arrests, both suspects were on parole from Mississippi Department of Corrections, Slayton for charges of uttering forgery and sale of controlled substance, and Hill for burglary and larceny of an unoccupied dwelling.  

 

A court source said Hill and Slayton have a romantic relationship. Investigators previously said the two conspired to steal drugs from Pate.

 

 

 

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