Man pleads not guilty in event center death

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.