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Bond hearing involving fatal shooting postponed

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Updated: 8/05/2013 9:56 pm
PITTSBORO, Miss. (WTVA)-- The arraignment of a Calhoun County man accused of fatally shooting another man in January has been postponed until Friday morning. 

Calhoun City businessman Wayne Thurman Harris faces a charge of depraved heart murder in the shooting death of Chris McGonagil.

Harris did show up for a bond hearing Monday, but it was postponed.

"Today we had a hearing, a partial hearing to determine whether bond should be given to Wayne Harris for several charges that are pending in Calhoun County. We heard from one witness in chambers, a federal ATF agent. The remainder of hearing is continued until Friday," said District Attorney Ben Creekmore.

Those other charges are one count of touching a child for lustful purposes and four counts of sexual battery in a seperate case.

In the shooting case, authorities say Harris and McConagill were involved in a shootout at McConagill's wood shop on on Highway 9 south following an argument.

McConagill was shot six times and Harris sustained two wounds.

Investigators say there were twelve shots fired in all between the two men.

Harris and McGonagill were well-known businessmen in the county. McGonagil's family members and some employees of harris were present at the courthouse Monday. 

"I am not related to Wayne Harris. I am an employee and I am here to support him and I truly believe he is an innocent man," said Melinda Harris of Vardaman.

"Wayne Harris took my brother's life. And it's disgusting that anyone would allow this man to walk free," said Melinda Sams of Columbus.

So for now, the legal question surrounds the bond hearing.

"That's why we're here to determine whether he is enttiled to one. If he is there are any conditions to the bond and how much the bond will be. Or, if he should not have a bond at all," said District Attorney Creekmore.

Sheriff Greg Pollan told WTVA.com in January that there were five people on the premises when the shooting took place. 
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