Savannah murder suspects appear in court

Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 9:36 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Several people accused of murders in Savannah appeared in court before a judge.

Those include the two accused in the April shooting death of a British tourist in downtown Savannah.

WTOC was the only news media inside the courtroom.

Georgiamae Lawrence told the judge she’s not guilty of malice murder, and a number of felony charges connected to the death of 27-year-old Benjamin Tucker.

He was visiting Savannah from London when he was killed on April 24.

Corey Kent also is charged with malice murder in the same case, but he did not enter a formal plea Tuesday during a scheduled arraignment because his new attorney needs time to review the case.

Also in the courtroom Tuesday, four teenagers indicted for murder in the July 7 shooting death of a man in Savannah.

Video of Herschel Orr and Lamartrus Exley shows them entering a not guilty plea in the courtroom at the Chatham County Detention Center.

He along with Vincent Truesdale, Lamartrus Exley, and 17-year-old Tony Crawford face murder and kidnapping charges for the death of Gary Pitts.

Savannah Police found him dead with gunshot wounds at West Park and Montgomery Streets.

Also in court Tuesday, 32-year-old Rashiid Wright, who told the judge he is not guilty of malice murder.

He’s accused of murder in the Dec. 3 shooting death of 23-yearold Ol’liek Dashawn Bonaparte on West Congress Street in downtown Savannah.