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Paine suspect appears in court

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3:06 PM
Last updated 8:37 PM
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The suspect in Monday’s Paine College shooting made his initial appearance in Richmond County Magistrate Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Xavier D. Cooper, 20, faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm at school, crimes that carry a maximum penalty of 35 years in prison.

Cooper is accused of shooting fellow Paine College student, 21-year-old JaJuan L. Baker, in the head at 1 p.m. Monday in Haygood-Holsey Hall.

Wednesday the judge went over all of the rights afforded to everyone accused of a crime. The judge explained to Cooper that he would not address bond.

Because of Cooper’s arrest history, bond can only be set by a Superior Court judge.

Baker is still hospitalized in critical condition, according to the judge.

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jimmymac 05/09/14 - 12:03 am

Well hopefully first time offender status is off the table seeing as he's been arrested several times already but you never know.

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