Columbus teen turns himself in for murder

May 18, 2013 7:53:20 PM

Sarah Fowler - sfowler@cdispatch.com

 

A Columbus teen has turned himself in to the Columbus Police Department less than 24 hours after he allegedly fatally shot a man.  

 

Investigators with the CPD believe Derrick Demetruis Nelson, 19, of 714 Pine St. fatally shot Willie Hood Jr. at Nelson's Southside residence shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. 

 

Witnesses on scene called E-911 but by the time officers arrived, Hood, 28, had died. Nelson was no longer on the scene but witnesses identified him as the shooter, according to CPD Public Information Officer Glenda Buckhalter. 

 

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Hood died of a gunshot wound. 

 

Nelson was initially identified as a person of interest but a murder warrant was issued for his arrest early Saturday afternoon. He turned himself in just before 9 p.m. Saturday.  

 

Buckhalter said the two men's relationship is unclear and that more information would be released as the investigation continues. 

 

Hood's murder is the first murder inside the Columbus city limits this year. Ronagal Lamar Outlaw, 17, was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed Trumaine Macon, 23, at the Crossroads Lounge on the Oktibbeha-Lowndes County line in February.

Sarah Fowler covers crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.