Stories by Sandy Hodson

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Man arraigned in roommate's death

An Augusta man accused of killing and dismembering his roommate pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Drunken assault leads to prison term

A 29-year-old man who attacked a female taxi driver and fought with a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy after a night of drinking pleaded guilty Thursday.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Jury acquits man in 2013 Augusta homicide

The Richmond County Superior Court deliberated for nearly four hours at the end of a three-day trial before reaching the unanimous decision that Killeon S. Cooper, 20, was not guilty.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Sex trafficking of teen yields prison terms

Five people have been sentenced to federal prison in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Murder trial begins for suspect in 2013 homicide

The trial began Monday for the second of three men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Dogwood Terrace last year.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Man gets probation in robbery

A man accused of robbing and pistol whipping a Surrey Center restaurant owner was sentenced to a probation term Wednesday. Melvin E. Jackson, 34, entered an Alford plea to the reduced charge of ...
By Sandy Hodson

Ex-deputy sentenced to prison

A former Richmond County sheriff's deputy who gathered and sold the personal identity of people he encountered on the job was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Child abuse charge in toddler's death could be upgraded

At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing a judge ruled probable cause existed to bind Mary Katherine Smith on cruelty to children in the second degree.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Aug 8, 2014

Teen pleads guilty to four counts of robbery

An Augusta teenager who was only 14 years old when he joined a group of teens and ended up with a dozen armed robbery charges, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Man convicted of murder in nightclub slaying

On Thursday afternoon a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Dachavous Murphy, 22, of murder in Ashley Brown's death.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Murder trial begins in 2011 killing at club

The man accused of firing the fatal gunshot that killed Ashley Brown, Dachavous M. Murphy, is standing trial this week on murder and other charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Man gets prison for trafficking drugs

James D. Hurt, the driver stopped with two nephews of the Columbia County sheriff and more than 20 pounds of marijuana, pleaded guilty Monday.
By Sandy Hodson

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Judges wade into battle over probation companies

Thirteen civil lawsuits filed in Richmond and Co­lum­­­bia counties against local for-profit probation company Sen­tinel are before the Geor­gia Supreme Court on appeal.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Taxpayers dodge financial bullet thanks to judge's ruling

Taxpayers dodged a financial punch when a judge ruled this month Augusta doesn't have to pay attorney fees to the company that successfully sued the city over its bidding process.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mother of newborn left in car to face possible indictment

Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen ruled at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for 20-year-old Alicia Manigault that her case would be bound over to a ...
By Sandy Hodson

Lengthy prison sentence result of flights from police

A man who fled a traffic stop and crashed his vehicle twice in a two-week period pleaded guilty to multiple charges Thursday.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ex- Burke gun dealer pleads guilty

A former Burke County firearms dealer pleaded guilty Monday to illegally selling weapons to a convicted felon and to out-of-state residents.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bond denied in child molestation case

A 36-year-old man accused of repeated acts of child molestation was denied bond Friday.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Man pleads guilty in burglary

A man who used his 7-year-old daughter as a lookout while he burglarized an Augusta home has pleaded guilty to burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
By Sandy Hodson

Attempt to dismiss serial killer's appeal fails

Attorneys from the Georgia attorney general's office filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss Reinaldo Rivera's petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
By Sandy Hodson
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