Arrests made in killings

Four men are being held as suspects in two unrelated killings on both sides of the Savannah River.


Three men are being held in the shooting death of a 24-year-old Thomson resident, and another suspect is being held in the death of an Aiken man.

Michael Ayers, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson, said only one of three suspects had been charged with murder as of Monday in the shooting death of 24-year-old Kenneth Johnson of Thomson.

Ayers identified the suspect as Dexter Jones, 21, of Augusta Manor Apartments in the 3500 block of Mike Padgett Highway, Augusta. Authorities are withholding the names of the other two suspects until warrants can be drawn up today charging them with murder, too. They will be named later in the day, Ayers said.

The three suspects are being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Logan Marshall said the three are believed to have shot Johnson shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday on Greenbrier Road, not far from where the victim lived.

Johnson died at 2:21 a.m. Monday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, according to Coroner Rhusha Mack.

An autopsy was expected to be performed today at the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta. Marshall said the victim was shot at least once in the upper torso.

In South Carolina, Aiken Public Safety is investigating the death of a man found late Monday evening in the 200 block of Columbia Avenue as a homicide.

The names of the victim and suspect were not immediately available. The suspect is in police custody, Aiken Police Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said.

Staff writer Bianca Cain contributed to this report.