Accused Opry Mills shooter’s case bound over to grand jury

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A week after a man was shot and killed at Opry Mills Mall, a judge bound the case over to a grand jury. 

Justin Golson’s appeared in court Thursday for his preliminary hearing where a judge decided there was probable cause and sent it to the grand jury for second degree homicide. 

Golson is accused of shooting Demarco Churchwell last Thursday afternoon inside the Nashville mall as part of an ongoing feud where he was allegedly a victim of robbery where Churchwell’s cousin was present. 

Golson thought Churchwell may have set him up and an officer who testified Thursday said hours before the shooting Goson and a friend of Churchwell’s got into a confrontation at the kiosk where he worked. 

During Thursday’s hearing, Golson’s defense attorney also questioned one of Churchwell’s friends about rap videos and social media feuds. 

After the shooting, Metro police said Golson left the mall and walked to a nearby ticket booth where he turned over his gun and said to call 911.

Golson was taken into police custody without incident and has remained jailed. 

Alexandria Lavender, 21, is also accused in the case. She is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Her case was also bound over to a grand jury Thursday. 

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