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.