Police seek murder suspects

AIKEN - Aiken County authorities are still searching for a Graniteville man and an Aiken man both charged with murder in unrelated fatal shooting cases.

 

On June 24, Aiken County sheriff's deputies found 18-year-old Najee Preister bleeding from a gunshot wound in front of a mobile home in the T&S Mobile Home park on Shenandoah Street. He died later that evening at Medical College of Georgia Hospital of severe blood loss.

The sheriff's office has an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Koran M. Sapp, of Graniteville, in Mr. Priester's death.

Authorities have no new leads on Mr. Sapp, who has eluded police for nearly three months, said Lt. Michael Frank, the spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's investigators arrested Mr. Sapp's father, Koran M. Glover, on June 29 on allegations that he helped his son evade police. Authorities charged the 44-year-old Gloverville man with accessory after the fact.

Police said that Mr. Glover, knowing his son was wanted for murder, refused to help investigators and urged others to obstruct the investigation and the search.

Sheriff Michael Hunt said in a statement that the shooting was in apparent retaliation for an armed robbery involving one of Mr. Sapp's relatives.

In the other incident, 20-year-old Prince E. Shand Jr. died of blood loss last week from gunshot wounds. Police are still looking for the alleged shooter.

"We still have not found Morris Dorch," Lt. Frank said. Authorities hold arrest warrants for the 19-year-old Aiken man, charging him in the death of Mr. Shand.

According to the sheriff's office, about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Dorch got into an argument with the victim and shot him several times with an assault rifle. Mr. Shand was pronounced dead at 1:07 a.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Sapp or Mr. Dorch can call the sheriff's office at (800) 922-9709.

Reach Michelle Guffey at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or michelle.guffey@augustachronicle.com.

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Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the injuries that killed 23-year-old Christopher L. Jordan last month.

A passing motorist found Mr. Jordan lying on Mayfield Road on Aug. 16, about 40 minutes after Mr. Jordan, who lived on Mayfield Road, had returned home from an Aiken nightclub about 5:30 a.m.

Mr. Jordan was pronounced dead at 3:58 p.m. that day at Medical College of Georgia Hospital from multiple body trauma.

"Initially, the medical examiner concluded that he was not hit by an automobile, and I know our investigators have revisited that whole subject," said Lt. Michael Frank, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

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