A murder trial is expected to start Monday for an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting his sister’s boyfriend more than two years ago.
Michael Roundtree, 33, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder in the June 4, 2015, death of 46-year-old Mack Nelson.
Witnesses expected to testify include Roundtree’s sister and her three children, who were present in the Lionel Street home where the shooting occurred.
At earlier court hearings, Judge Michael N. Annis ruled that a social worker’s testimony that Roundtree was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is not relevant. The judge also ruled Nelson’s statements to sheriff’s deputies the day of the shooting are admissible. Nelson allegedly indicated that Roundtree was the person who shot him.
Roundtree’s sister and Nelson were allegedly involved in a domestic dispute the day of the shooting. According to Roundtree’s previous attorney, it wasn’t the first domestic disturbance at the home and that Roundtree had talked to Nelson about family violence.
Nelson had no record of domestic violence arrest in Richmond County, nor was he ever served with an order of protection, according to court records.
Roundtree was just a baby when his father killed his mother. A year after his birth, Michael Roundtree Sr. shot and killed Virginia Ann Robinson, 25, on May 5, 1985. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 2011.
The younger Michael Roundtree has been held without bond since his arrest in 2015. He faces unrelated charges of fleeing from an officer and traffic offenses after an arrest in 2014.
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