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Suspects In Columbia 'Papa John's' Murder Arraigned In Court

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:49:57-04

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Two defendants have been arraigned for the murder of a Papa John’s employee in Maury County.

The arraignment hearing was Monday at the Maury County Courthouse.

Darious Fitzpatrick and Kavoyeh Pye have been accused in the shooting death of 22-year-old Gordon Schaffer during a robbery attempt in October 2014. Fitzpatrick and Pye were both 17 years old at the time.

Fitzpatrick has been accused of pulling the trigger. He was charged with first degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and three counts of employing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A detective with the Maury County Sheriff’s Office testified at a hearing in October that Fitzpatrick admitted to shooting Gordon to “kill him.”

Surveillance video from the store showed two masked men enter the store and demand money. Shaffer complied with the suspects’ demands, giving them cash from the register. He was shot when he was unable to open the safe.

Shaffer was shot once in the chest, but was conscious when officers from the Columbia Police Department arrived .He was able to tell the officers that two black males had robbed and shot him.
Pye was charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery for his part in the incident.

Both men have been charged as adults.

Another hearing has been scheduled for October 13.