COLUMBUS, Ga. – The man suspected in the March 4 Peachtree Mall shooting pleaded not guilty to four charges against him.
Police arrested Pierre Tolbert on Easter Sunday in connection with the crime. Tolbert, 24, appeared in Recorder’s Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
Witnesses and two victims testified against Tolbert. The suspect did not testify, and instead a public defender asked several questions in reference to the Friday night crime. Tolbert faces aggravated assault, battery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. In 2010, Tolbert was charged with felony burglary. He’s also faced a few traffic charges.
Tolbert’s friend, Kierra Alexander, says Tolbert was in her car the night of the shooting. But she says during an argument, he got out of the car, slapped her, hit her in the face with a pistol, and then shot at the car. The bullet hit a 16-year-old Spencer High School Sophomore who was in the backseat of the car at the time.
“When we first met him he seemed like a nice guy, like he wouldn’t do anything like that,” the victim said. “But some people, it’s different. You can judge them by what they do. But on the inside, they’re different.”
The teen shooting victim says she’s frustrated that Tolbert seemed to shrug off the court proceedings. But she’s glad police finally made an arrest in this case. This was the first of two shootings at Peachtree Mall in the month of March.
The judge denied bond to Tolbert on the aggravated assault charge; however, she issued $8,000 bond for the other three charges. His case has been bound over to Superior Court.