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Baxley man pleads not guilty to murder charges

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Jonathan Courson pleads not guilty to murder charges. Jonathan Courson pleads not guilty to murder charges.
Mandy Courson (Source: Family members) Mandy Courson (Source: Family members)
BAXLEY, GA (WTOC) -

An Appling County man charged with his wife's murder was in court Tuesday.

On Jan. 4, police got a call from the Bridge-Com Security company that a panic alarm went off from a home on Corey Street in Baxley.

Appling County sheriff's deputies were dispatched and were told by homeowner Jonathan Courson that two black males entered his home at about 4 a.m. that day, according to the sheriff's office. Courson said that they tied him and his wife Mandy, 28, up and ransacked their home. Mandy was killed at some point.

Courson's brief appearance in court was likely his last before the trial for his wife's murder.

Courson and his attorney came to court one last time to formally plead not guilty in the murder of his wife. Mandy Courson's loved ones sat quietly as he signed and filed one form.

"We knew this would probably just be three minutes or so it was still very important to be here and be supportive of Mandy and her family," said Melissa Gray, Mandy Courson's cousin.

She said the case has nearly been a year-long wait.

"A lot of things have been delayed. Things were scheduled for court and then they'd be continued. It's been a hurry-up-and-wait situation. To know that we're here, almost, is a relief," she added.

Courson left court to return to jail and wait for trial in February.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case. Courson would face life in prison if convicted.

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