Murder suspect gets bond reduced, faces new charge

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Murder suspect Christopher Denson was in a Meridian courtroom Monday facing a new charge- convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Denson is accused of shooting and killing his uncle at a family gathering at the 1st and 10 Lounge on Highway 493 last month.

Municipal Court Judge Robbie Jones considers the crime unnecessary.

"It’s just another one of those senseless acts that ends up being tragic in nature,” said Jones.

The victim, Almond Turner, was a former law enforcement officer in Georgia. Police haven't released a motive in the deadly shooting.

"I don't think anything happened at the family gathering where this occurred to initiate this particular event,” said Jones. ”It either had to be some prior difference of opinion between the two gentlemen or some other occurrence on Mr. Denson's behalf."

Denson waived the preliminary hearings for both charges.

"Mr. Denson will be presented to the grand jury on both charges unless something happens, he'll be indicted because there is sufficient evidence in my opinion,” said Jones.

Denson's bond on the murder charge was reduced from $1,000,000 to $700,000. The new charge of felon in possession of a firearm adds an additional $5,000 to the $700,000 bond.

Judge Jones said family members told detectives they knew of no confrontation between Denson and Turner prior to the deadly shooting.