Attorneys for the prosecution and defense announced Tuesday morning that they are ready to go to trial on the state’s case against 19-year-old Jamal Marquez Pridgett, who is charged with shooting several men and killing one during a dice game on the evening of Oct. 7, 2008.
According to detectives with the Covington Police Department, Pridgett was playing dice with four other men on West Street when he reportedly stood up, produced a pistol and ordered the men to the ground. The victims were robbed and then shot, according to detectives. Pridgett then reportedly fled the scene but was later located hiding at a home in Porterdale.
Originally charged with several counts of aggravated assault, his charges were changed to malice and felony murder after 20-year-old Jerome Glover succumbed to his injuries.
A large group of people were in the courtroom in memory of the victim, as well as some showing support for Pridgett. Both sides were quiet and left immediately after proceedings. Pridgett did not speak throughout the hearing. His trial is scheduled to begin this spring.