Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Columbia Shooting Death
A man has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in an early January shooting death in Columbia.
Nineteen-year-old Stone Midgyett entered the plea Monday in the death of 19-year-old Deante Smith of Columbia during a street fight.
Smith died Jan. 4 of a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Another man was wounded.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Midgyett told police Smith shot first and he returned fire. However, witnesses told police Smith did not have a gun.
Midgyett is being held on a $500,000 bond.