Damion Deray Henderson (Credit: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office)

Not guilty plea in slaying of Mercer basketball player

A man accused of shooting and killing a Mercer University basketball player pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday, according to The Macon Telegraph.

Damion Deray Henderson, 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in the Feb. 2 shooting death of Jibri Bryan at a downtown Macon convenience store.

Bryan, a 23-year-old graduate student from Savannah, was one of two people shot at a Flash Foods on Forsyth Street, police said. The store clerk heard gunshots at about 4 p.m., went outside and saw a man, who was later identified as Bryan, slumped over inside a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked next to the store.

Henderson was arrested in early February in a Decatur apartment complex, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Jarvis Clinton Miller was also arrested and charged with felony murder in connection with the shooting.

Mercer University head men’s basketball coach Bob Hoffman said Bryan “was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him.”

Bryan, a guard, started each of the Bears’ 35 games last season, averaging just under eight points per game. His playing time had been limited this season by a knee injury.

Henderson’s attorney, Frank Hogue, told the newspaper the Bibb Superior Court trial could begin as early as Sept. 19.

Read more at The Macon Telegraph.

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