Local murder convictions affirmed

Georgia Supreme Court agrees with lower court decision in Richmond, Columbia county case

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Monday the murder convictions of men convicted of murder in Richmond and Columbia counties.


In separate opinions released Monday morning, the court ruled Willie B. Butler and Said Mutazz were fairly convicted of murder. Bulter was also convicted of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, hijacking and weapon violations.

A Columbia County Superior Court jury convicted Butler and a second man, Martin N. Holmes, of the multiple criminal charges for a fatal home invasion that occurred in September 2008.

Butler and Holmes and three others, including a 14-year-old, forced their way into Rickey Gibson’s Grovetown home. Gibson, 33, was shot to death. His girlfriend escaped with their infant in her arms, although shots were fired at her as she fled, according to the Columbia County Sheriff investigators.

Butler and Holmes are serving sentences of life in prison plus 20 years.

Mutazz is serving life in prison for the October 2005 murder of Dontavious Wyman, 24, on Dunns Lane in Augusta. A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Mutazz.

Mutazz was an Airman First Class assigned to the Air Force intelligence unit at Fort Gordon in 2005. Richmond County Sheriff investigators uncovered evidence that Mutazz was selling drugs in the city and believed Wyman stole from him.

Wyman was shot 17 times with a Tech 9.

A second man, Walter D. Geter, was also initally charged with murder, but the case against him was reduced to concealing a death. He was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in Wyman’s death.



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