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Suspect makes initial court appearance in Warren Co. shooting

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WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The man accused in the weekend shooting of a pregnant Warren County woman made his initial appearance in justice court Monday.

Willie McCoy, 60, says he's remorseful.

While in the courtroom, McCoy told WLBT News he only shot in self-defense after the boyfriend, seen here in this photograph with the victim, shot at him first.

McCoy's wife said the attack came after the victim, Kayla Allen, 18, got into a fight with McCoy's three grandchildren.

"The boy shot first," Ora McCoy said. "So all of this portraying of my husband that he just is a 60-year-old man that went in there and shot an innocent teenager, no it's not like that."

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says the boyfriend, Arrinton Bowman, was the one shooting in self-defense.

"Her boyfriend did fire shots at McCoy apparently after McCoy had threatened him in the original disturbance," Pace said.

McCoy has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

McCoy's bond was set at $30,000 for each of the three counts.

As a condition of McCoy's bond, Justice Court Judge Ed Woods told McCoy said that McCoy is to have no contact with Allen or her family.

District Attorney Ricky Smith declined to go on camera with us but did say the evidence against Mr. McCoy does not support his claims.

McCoy's case will be bound over to the next meeting of the Warren County Grand Jury, which is in May.

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