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DECATUR — An Arlington, Tennessee, man accused of gunning down a Decatur man with whom he had been negotiating a large drug deal pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four counts of first-degree murder.

Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers found probable cause to arraign Cameron T. Taylor, 20, on charges he killed 22-year-old Nathaniel D. Majors by shooting him multiple times on the night of Jan. 27.

Giving evidence, Decatur police detective Timothy Wittmer said witnesses described a man, later identified as Taylor, meeting with Majors at a house in the 2000 block of North Graceland Avenue for a drug deal. Wittmer, under questioning from Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, said Taylor was negotiating to buy $1,000 worth of cannabis from Majors.

Wittmer said Majors' girlfriend sent text messages to family members concerned about the amount of time the armed drug buyer was spending in the house.

A brother of Majors responded to the text messages and later found his sibling mortally wounded. Wittmer said the brother drove Majors to Decatur Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m.

After Decatur police issued an alert that Taylor was wanted for murder, he was picked up by police in Tennessee in August and extradited back to Decatur in September.

Wittmer told Scott that Taylor, picked out of a photo-lineup by witnesses and placed in the area of the killing by cellphone information, kept changing his version of events, at first claiming he wasn’t there at all.

Wittmer then quoted Taylor as eventually saying he had gone to see Majors with two other men with a plan to buy cannabis using counterfeit cash, but he had backed out at the last moment, leaving the accomplices who said they would “finish it.”

Taylor, represented by Chief Public Defender David Ellison, is being held at the Macon County Jail without bond. It is the policy of the public defender's office to not comment on cases.

Bowers scheduled a pretrial hearing for Nov. 8. 

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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