In a room packed with his family and friends Friday, Marquette Tibbs pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed, possession of a firearm during crime of violence, and carrying a pistol.
Tibbs, 22, is suspected in the Nov. 4, 2012 shooting death of 22-year-old Andre Jackson. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed on Feb. 26, along with 23-year-old Byron Dunn.
Charges against Dunn were dismissed earlier this week and Dunn was released from custody.
Jackson was found dead from 17 gunshot wounds behind an apartment building in the 300 block of Ridge Road Southeast.
Tibbs is expected for trial in March 2014.