March 5, 2009
A 31-year-old Columbus resident charged with the Dec. 9, 2008, shooting death of Michael Gordon was denied bond Thursday in Lowndes County Circuit Court.
Charlton Colom, of 291 Sherman Circle, was arrested Dec. 15 by the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office and charged with one count of capital murder.
The arrest came after LCSO investigators learned Colom may have played a role in Gordon''s shooting death at his 111 Billy Walker Road residence at about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 9. According to witnesses, Colom knocked on Gordon''s door, entered the residence and then shot him once in the upper body.
After the shooting, Colom fled the scene in an Oldsmobile Cutlass, witnesses said.
Because authorities believe Colom was attempting to rob Gordon before the shooting, the suspect was charged with capital murder, a charge for which the state is pursuing the death penalty, according to Assistant District Attorney Frank Clark.
According to state law, suspects charged with capital offenses are not entitled to a bond.
Although Colom is scheduled to appear in court May 18, he will be required to complete a mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield before he stands trial, said Judge Jim Kitchens.
Colom has remained in the custody of LCSO since his Dec. 15 arrest.