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Derrick Copelin back in Boone County after being arrested in New Orleans

Monday, January 13, 2014 | 5:01 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Derrick Copelin, who was arrested on Jan. 7 in New Orleans in connection to the shooting death of Dontay Tolston in Columbia, was transferred to Boone County, where he was arraigned Monday morning. 

He entered a plea of not guilty. 

Columbia police also arrested Martrell Smith of Columbia in connection with the shooting that occurred on Jan. 2. He was being held in the Boone County Jail on a cash bail of $1 million, according to an earlier police news release and jail records.

Police are looking for a third suspect in connection with the homicide. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jimiah A. Lambert, 20, of Columbia, but he is not in custody.

The New Orleans Police Department arrested Copelin, 17, on Jan. 7 after Columbia police filed a warrant for his arrest. Bond was set at $1,000,000.

Tolston was found by police at a residence in the 2000 block of Newton Drive in north Columbia with a gunshot wound at about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 2. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.


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