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.