Jeret Needham is currently in jail on murder charges, he remains behind bars pending one million dollars bail.
42-year old Needham, a part time wrestling coach at Madison High School is facing 50 years to life in prison if convicted in the shooting death of 45 year Robert Howard Colegrove.
“Mr. Needham enters a plea of not guilty,” said his attorney Kerry Armstrong, “he denies all charges.”
Needham is accused of murder with special circumstances. The shooting happened Tuesday at a home in the 2200 block of Denver Street in Bay Park. Needham was arrested after a three hours standoff at his home in Clairemont Mesa. Friends of the victim told FOX 5, Needham and Colegrove got into a fight over Colegrove’s girlfriend. In court Friday, Needham’s face shows the signs of brusing.
“He’s got two black eyes, he’s got scratches on both cheeks,” said Armsrong, adding, “his lip is bloodied.”
According to Armstrong, Colegrove and Needham were friends and Colegrove actually worked for Needham as an assistant wrestling coach. He says it was an incident that happened 7 months ago that lead to the fight on Tuesday – and it was nothing more than an accident.
“I just really wanted to clear up this misconception that he was groping someone because that’s not true. That’s something that can get him hurt in jail.”
According to police and neighbors, drug activity was rampant at the Bay Park home. When asked why Needham may have been there, his attorney says because they were friends, “he went over there to see his friend and was jumped regarding something that accidentally happened 7 month ago.”