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DECATUR — Floyd D. Banks appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to shooting to death Marvin T. Murphy on Christmas Day.

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Banks, 37, is facing four counts of murder after being arrested in Mississippi and extradited to Decatur, where he was been held in the Macon County Jail since Aug. 12.

Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott outlined the case against Banks at a preliminary hearing before Judge Phoebe Bowers. Questioning Decatur police detective Barry Hitchens, Scott told the judge Murphy, 39, and his brother had been staying at a house in the 1600 block of North 32nd Street when the murder happened.

There had been a knock at the door Christmas night, and the brother opened it to be confronted by Banks, armed with a gun, who came in past him and kept firing as he pursued a fleeing Murphy, Scott said.

Hitchens told Scott that Murphy suffered fatal wounds to the chest and abdomen. No motive for the killing was mentioned during testimony.

“Did (the brother) indicate he recognized the (shooter), and was a photo lineup shown to him and did he positively identify the defendant as the person who came into the residence and shot his brother?” Scott asked.

“Yes, he did,” Hitchens replied.

Bowers found probable cause for Banks, represented by public defender David Ellison, to stand trial. She set a pretrial hearing for Oct. 2. Banks remains held in custody in lieu of posting $5 million bond.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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