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

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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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scoopdedoop64 03/30/11 - 08:58 pm
I pray that this will help

I pray that this will help capture the man.

lovebugg 03/30/11 - 10:52 pm
I worked @ that huddle house

I worked @ that huddle house when this happened... pastor earl lives w the scar everyday & he lost a very dear friend.. mr billy was a great man.. I really hope this helps!!!!!!!!!

curly123053 03/30/11 - 11:13 pm
Was there evidence to backup

Was there evidence to backup the claim the car was actually driven 300 miles and not been taken directly to the Sleep Inn? People can get upset in incidents and exaggerate and unintentionally give wrong info. Either way I would love for this senseless killing to be solved.

bdouglas 03/31/11 - 09:38 am
@curly: Yeah, I tend to think

@curly: Yeah, I tend to think an elderly woman wouldn't be very likely to be able to rattle off the current mileage of her car at any given time. Nothing against the elderly or women, but it just doesn't sound plausible.

butterflygina 03/31/11 - 09:59 am
Im thinking they may have

Im thinking they may have determined the mileage perhaps through vehicle service records. Maybe she had recently had her car serviced and the mileage was recorded. It really sounds weird that he would drive all that way and be that close to the crime scene in the end.

Lonewuf 03/31/11 - 04:36 pm
It's also plausible that she

It's also plausible that she had recently filled her tank with gasoline, and it was returned empty......

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