How detectives convinced a suspect in the 2018 Columbus murder to testify
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – We have new details in the trial for the 2018 murder of a Columbus rapper featured in XXL magazine.
An interview shown to the jury revealed that the state’s star witness was initially afraid to testify.
The five suspects arrested in connection with the 2018 murder of Columbus rapper Branden Denson have appeared in court again.
Police say Denson was killed in a Pizza Hut parking lot on Buena Vista Road.
“I don’t know where I was,” Spencer told sleuths in a May 2018 interview.
The detectives replied, “So you don’t remember where you were the night ‘BD’ was killed?”
The day began with continued cross-examination by the defence.
Much of this involved questions about Spencer’s criminal history, such as his connection to a shooting on Alta Vista Drive the same month Denson was killed.
“Eric Spencer, the defendant, was the prime suspect in both cases,” Detective Stuart Carter said.
Spencer said all charges he faces in connection with this crime are still pending. However, he also clarified that while he made a plea deal for this case, he was not seeking a plea deal for this crime.
After Spencer was fired, Carter was the next witness to take the stand.
Shortly after, the jury saw an interview that revealed how the detective and another officer convinced Spencer to testify.
“You’re either going to be on Team A, which is the police department, or you’re going to be on this team, Team B,” Stuart said during the interview with Spencer and another officer.
Detectives told Spencer they knew his girlfriend had rented the two getaway cars for the Pizza Hut murder and the Alta Vista murder.
“You’re always in a position where you can control part of your destiny,” Carter said.
They said she could face charges. A father of two, Spencer had no choice.
“You go to jail, life without parole, you don’t see this baby grow,” Carter said.
Spencer took the option to testify, although hesitant to do so.
Spencer also believed that Tommie Mullins planned the murder because the patrons left him and got their drugs from Denson instead.
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