'America's Most Wanted' to feature N. Augusta slaying

Investigators have enlisted the help of America's Most Wanted in the hope that a solid lead will come in to break the case of the 2005 fatal shooting at Huddle House in North Augusta, according to a news release issued by the national crimefighting show.

The episode featuring the case will air at 9 p.m. Saturday on WFXG Fox 54 (Comcast Cable Channel 11).

Early on Nov. 22, 2005, two days before Thanksgiving, an unidentified white male, in a desperate move to get a car, first shot and wounded Constance Davidson in a failed attempt at the Burger King drive-thru, then failed again after he shot both the Rev. Earl Carter and Bill Powell, killing him, as the men gathered with other friends in the adjacent Huddle House restaurant. The gunman finally took a car driven by Ida Mae Heath without harming her, according to North Augusta Public Safety.

The immediate and intensive search of the area did not locate the stolen Oldsmobile or the unknown shooter. Within five hours of the shooting, Heath's car was discovered at the Sleep Inn Hotel, less than ½ mile away from the Huddle House. Police investigation revealed that the stolen car had traveled about 300 miles since the incident. Detectives remained baffled that someone who so desperately wanted to leave the area would return to the scene of the crime so soon afterward and return the vehicle he was willing to kill for.

North Augusta Public Safety chose to partner with the TV show more than a year ago because of its proven track record of more than 1,100 captures. Detectives with North Augusta Public Safety, State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI have logged countless man-hours following hundreds of leads since the day of the shooting with no success.

America's Most Wanted receives hundreds of requests every month for help with unsolved cases and fugitives. The lead detective, Sgt. Tim Thornton, said, "When leads have come in, we worked them. So far we haven't been able to catch a break. We hope the national exposure that (America's Most Wanted) provides might give us the break we need."

The latest information on the case can be found at www.amw.com, where people can email any information, or they may call (800) CRIME-TV (274-6388). Callers can remain anonymous.

 

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