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Anderson pleads not guilty in July 4 murder case
Joshua Edward Anderson

COVINGTON, Ga. - Joshua Edward Anderson, the man accused of malice murder in the Fourth of July killing of Kevin Marshall, was in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton Tuesday and plead not guilty on three charges. 

Represented by attorney Randall Sharp, Anderson was escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs, a waist chain and shackles. Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley represented the state during the hearing which lasted just a few minutes. 

Anderson, 27, was formally arraigned on his charges, which include malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. He pled not guilty and a pre-trial order was issued for the case. 

Anderson's charges stem from a July 4 incident where he allegedly ran down Marshall, a 2018 graduate of Newton High School, with his vehicle. After fleeing the scene of the crime, he was brought into custody July 9 in Upstate New York. Anderson waived his right to an extradition hearing and was transported back to Newton County to face his charges. 

According to his booking report, Anderson was booked into the Newton County Jail July 13 and is being housed at a maximum classification.