Bobby Powell hearing

Bobby Powell on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated battery, carrying a gun without a license within 500 feet of a school and possession of marijuana for his alleged role in the shooting that killed James Winters Jr. on July 10 at Big O Tires in Jeffersonville. 

JEFFERSONVILLE — A man accused of fatally shooting his coworker at Big O Tires last week in Jeffersonville appeared for an initial hearing Monday, where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Bobby Powell, 19, appeared before Senior Judge Kenneth Lopp on Monday morning, to face charges of murder, a level 3 felony for aggravated battery, a level 5 felony for carrying a handgun without a license and within 500 feet of a school and a class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

He's accused of shooting and killing James Winters Jr. on July 10 during the workday at Big O Tires on Allison Lane across the street from Jeffersonville High School.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull requested that Powell remain in jail without bond, which the judge granted.

"I felt it necessary that he remain incarcerated until the trial for the safety of the community," Mull said, adding that while he said he would almost always make the same request in a murder case, Powell has additional concerns for him.

He said he's aware of social media posts made allegedly by Powell prior to the shooting in which he is seen brandishing weapons, and that he had made statements about wanting to harm himself.

"Due to that information he gave me concerns about his mental well-being which is many times an indicator for the safety of the community that someone needs to be incarcerated," he said.

Powell's attorney, Eric Weitzel, said he plans to file a motion for bond reduction and that his client plans to assert self-defense in the case, according to newsgathering partner WAVE 3 News.

Powell has a pretrial conference Aug. 12 and a jury trial scheduled for Nov. 12.

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at aprile.rickert@newsandtribune.com or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.