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Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Appeals court upholds Preetorius convictions

Regina Preetorius was convicted in 2013 of operating a lengthy real estate and investment scam. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declared Wednesday that she was fairly tried and sentenced.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

3 convicted in fatal 2011 prison stabbing

Frederick Dewberry, 23; Michael L. Ward, 41; and Frankie J. Henry III, 29, were convicted of murder in the slaying of 30-year-old Antonio Wiley. Dewberry and Ward were also convicted of aggravated ...
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Medical examiner testifies in homicide trial of 3 inmates

A one-armed prison inmate killed at the Augusta State Medical Prison suffered at least 65 sharp force injuries and a number of blunt force injuries on the Sunday afternoon he was attacked by other ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man sentenced to nearly 13 years for bank robbery

Damien Bernard Osborne was convicted for his role in the Dec. 2, 2013, robbery of the Southern Bank in Burke County.
By Sandy Hodson

Medicaid fraud defendants make first court appearances

The defendants were named in a 16-count indictment that accuses them of conspiracy and Medicaid fraud in the alleged theft of nearly $3.2 million.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Trial underway in 2013 Augusta State Medical Prison homicide

With 15 law enforcement officers surrounding the courtroom and the accused in stun belts, the murder trial for three prison inmates is underway in Columbia County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Ex-coroner gets 3-year sentence for theft

Former Richmond County coroner Grover Tuten was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and ordered to pay $9,800 in restitution.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Trial begins for three of six in prison homicide

Testimony is set to begin Tuesday morning in Columbia County Superior Court for three men accused of murder in a homicide at Augusta State Medical Prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Teen's murder conviction affirmed

The state's highest court determined that the murder conviction and sentence imposed on Lacy Aaron Schmidt was fair for the Jan. 31, 2011, slaying of Alana Calahan.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Augusta teen convicted of felony murder

An Augusta teen accused in the fatal stabbing of a friend during an argument over a PlayStation 3 has been convicted of felony murder.
By Sandy Hodson

Teen defendant in PlayStation murder trial takes stand

An Augusta teen accused of murder in the fatal stabbing of a friend during an argument over a PlayStation 3 was the final witness to testify Thursday in his trial.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Convicted killer denied request for new trial

A judge denied a motion for a new trial Thursday for an Augusta man convicted of murder in the shooting of an elderly disabled man.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Evidence from past assault case allowed at trial

Evidence that Bain Broome cut three people with a knife in 2010 can be used in court if he stands trial on new aggravated assault charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Trial begins for teen in fatal stabbing over PlayStation

Both sides agree that Zemartae Davis stabbed a friend to death over a PlayStation 3. It will be up to a jury to decide whether the evidence will lead to Davis' conviction for murder or his ...
By Sandy Hodson

Teen sentenced to 50 years for crime spree

Sedrick Williams, 18, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault and five firearm charges Wednesday in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Chop shop arrest ends in lesser charge

Joseph Lee Smalley pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to a charge of making a false statement.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Poll shows most believe suicide is preventable

The national poll results released Sept. 1 at the start of Suicide Prevention Month also revealed 39 percent of the adults polled see suicide as a selfish act.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Indictments in Medicaid fraud case

A Richmond County grand jury named Carl Anthony Ward­law in the indictment accusing him and his employees of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud and 15 counts of Medicaid fraud in the theft of ...
By Sandy Hodson

Homicide suspect's bond revoked

An Augusta homicide suspect free on bond is now back in jail pending trial because he was recently arrested on a weapons charge.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Bond denied for suspect in robbery spree

An Augusta man facing charges in four robberies, including a home invasion at an elderly woman's residence, was denied bond Monday.
By Sandy Hodson
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