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Man pleads not guilty in event center death

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A man accused of shooting an Augusta teen at a party at the Belair Conference Center in March pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Johndrick Lors Levert Barnes, 20, of Augusta, is charged with murder in the March 19 death of James Ster­ling Gillette Jr. The conference center employee was shot during a 16th birthday party for a grandchild of late entertainer James Brown.

Three people accused of lying to police in the case - Jordan Dashawn Harrison, 18; Brandon Devon Berry, 17; and Morrieo Demetrius Carswell, 17 - also pleaded not guilty . An Augusta 16-year-old also is charged with making false statements.

Barnes is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond. The others have been released on bond.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/02/11 - 07:09 am
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In a cultural, moral vacuum,
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In a cultural, moral vacuum, what would expect? When your idols are thugs, your greatest expectation is to be a PUNK.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/02/11 - 07:44 am
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Everybody pleads not guilty

Everybody pleads not guilty now, even if there are witnesses, etc. It makes me ill.

david jennings
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david jennings 07/02/11 - 04:46 pm
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I know I could not be an

I know I could not be an unbiased judge looking at the expression on this guys face as he was led into the courtroom,disgusting.

pamela hewitt
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pamela hewitt 07/03/11 - 10:11 am
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It's still ashame that my

It's still ashame that my best friend michelle's son was working to secure this party that was going on at the time and got killed when their should of been police there too!especially knowing it was a celebrities family such as JamesBrown! COME ON WHERE'S THE COMMON SENSE!IN THE WORLD TODAY THERE'S HARDLY ANYONE THAT WILL ADMIT THAT THEY REALLY DID THIS,WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO SPENDING TIME IN PRISON, THE REAL JUDGEMENT AND JUSTICE WILL BE WHEN HE HAS STAND IN FRONT OF OUR FATHER GOD!GOD BLESS U MY FRIEND MICHELLE AND MY DEAR GODSON RIP jAMES S.GILLETTE JR.!

david jennings
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david jennings 07/04/11 - 01:54 pm
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As a victim of violent crime

As a victim of violent crime I can tell you all,while the loss of loved ones is horrible itself,the process of seeking justice ,to my family was probably worse.It just goes on and on.As pamela said,I found refuge in Faith that one day they would have to stand in front of the Real JUDGE and there will be no attorney by thier side.My prayers for Mr. Gillettes family.

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