MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Seats in a Meridian courtroom filled as loved ones of Onorious Campbell awaited his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. The 18-year-old is charged with murdering his stepfather, Arnold Brown last month.
Five witnesses took the stand before Municipal Court Judge Robbie Jones during the nearly 2 hour hearing.
"It's a very serious matter," said Jones. "That's why today's hearing was longer than most."
Some of those witnesses said Campbell wasn't the shooter because he was at church before the shooting happened Aug. 28 and later went to his grandparents' house.
"There appeared to be an attempted alibi defense but after having heard the testimony, it still was a likelihood he could've been involved in the actual criminal conduct," said Judge Jones. "I felt the $500,000 bond was reasonable."
The getaway vehicle Campbell allegedly drove away in after the crime is described as a black four-door. Monday the courtroom learned both Campbell's girlfriend and his mother have vehicles that match that description.
"After having the preliminary hearing it was the court's opinion that there was sufficient evidence to bind the defendant, Mr. Campbell, over to the grand jury," said Jones.
The judge says the grand jury will see the case, possibly later this month.