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VIDEO: Murder suspect faces judge for first appearance
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Joshua Anderson, 27, sits with Jennifer Arndt, his attorney and chief assistant public defender, during his first appearance at the Newton County Jail Monday, July 15. Newton County Chief Magistrate Judge Melanie Bell explained his charges, which include murder, aggravated assault and hit-and-run. - photo by Jackie Gutknecht

COVINGTON, Ga. - Joshua Anderson, 27, was in front of Newton County Chief Magistrate Judge Melanie Bell Monday morning for his first appearance in the Newton County Jail courtroom. Anderson was represented by Jennifer Arndt, chief assistant public defender for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

Joshua Anderson
Joshua Anderson

Bell presented Anderson with his charges, which include murder, aggravated assault and hit-and-run. Bell stated that she did not have the authority to grant bond in the case.

Anderson’s case will be presented to the Newton County Grand Jury, a process that Bell said could take up to 90 days.

First appearance of Joshua Anderson


Anderson is charged with the death of Kevin Marshall in a July 4 incident.

The incident began with a "physical altercation" on North Lake Drive between Anderson and Marshall at 4:39 p.m. Thursday, July 4, according to the incident report. It was reported that NCSO told Anderson and Marshall to leave the property. 

At 4:42 p.m.,  NCSO was dispatched back to North Lake Drive in reference to a male being hit by a vehicle. Upon arrival, Marshall was found “laying on side of North Lake Drive and EMS personnel was rendering aid to him,” according to the NCSO incident report. Anderson was not at the scene at that time.

On Tuesday, July 9, NCSO Sheriff Ezell Brown announced Anderson was brought into custody in New York during a press conference

Anderson was found with his girlfriend, Kendra Browning, who had been reported missing. NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander told The Covington News that there is "no reason to believe that Ms. Browning is doing anything against her will."

Anderson waived his right to an extradition hearing and was transported back to Newton County Saturday, July 13.

Editor and Publisher Jackie Gutknecht and Sports Editor Gabriel Stovall contributed to this report.