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Judge delays trial to review evidence
WOODBINE -- The trial of murder suspect Timothy Demetris Sapp has been postponed after a Superior Court judge approved a motion to review crime lab evidence.

Opening arguments were initially scheduled to begin today in the trial at the Camden County Courthouse, which was expected to last about a week.

Assistant District Attorney Rocky Bridges said he could not discuss the case other than to confirm the trial has been postponed indefinitely until unspecified crime lab evidence is reviewed.

Sapp is one of two suspects accused in the July 27, 2012, shooting death of Charles Rico Smith.

When deputies arrived at the scene in the 300 block of 13th Street in Woodbine, they discovered Smith, 34, of Woodbine, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.

Smith was transported to the Camden campus of the Southeast Georgia Health System, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Photos taken of the crime scene and posted on Facebook by the Camden County Sheriff's Office included one with a Joker doll from the Batman comics and movies.

Investigators don't believe the doll was left at the scene as a message or to indicate the shooting was inspired by the Joker character, according to investigators.

On July 20, 2012, a man dressed like the Joker character entered a Centennial, Colo., movie theater and allegedly shot and killed 12 people and wounded 58 others.

Investigators accuse Sapp and Cyrus Johnathan Bell of robbing Smith and shooting him in his back. No motive has been given in the case.

Both Sapp and Bell are charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Sapp is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bell will be tried separately at a date to be determined.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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