Sheriff's investigators have arrested a third suspect in the 1975 murder of Bronzi Leon Peppers.
Charles Allen Chavous, 59, was arrested today at his home on the 1500 block of Clayton Road in Hephzibah. He is charged with murder, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
Peppers was shot to death in his front yard on Feb. 3, 1975. Police arrested William Lawrence Coffey III, 58, in Oklahoma on Feb. 5, 2010, in connection with what was a decades-long cold case. That same day, investigators arrested Mark Anthony Hill, 53, on Roberson Drive in Augusta on a murder charge.
Police had no record of the killing after the files from the late 1970s and early '80s were destroyed in a flood. A letter sent from a tipster in August, 2009, reopened interest in the case and ultimately led to the arrests.