Arrests made in 22 of year's 23 Richmond County homicides

Although the homicide rate in Richmond County is ahead of last year’s pace, arrests have been made in every slaying but one.


“We had good success,” Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said about his department’s efforts, what police refer to as a solve rate.

“We’d like to see the murders stop, but there’s no way to predict (what will happen).”

Law enforcement officials consider a homicide solved as soon as a judge issues an arrest warrant, whether the suspect is ever convicted in court or even captured.

Richmond County had its 23rd homicide Wednesday, when investigators found 66-year-old Russell Boyd fatally shot on Camille Street.

Police said they were told where the suspect, Ronnie Lee Berrian, 28, might be hiding and captured him within several hours, charging him with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

In 2011, the county reported its 23rd homicide Dec. 7, ending the year with 27. Arrests have been made in 19 of the 2011 killings.

Dresser said no one thing explains the higher percentage of homicide arrests this year. He said the sheriff’s office has been fortunate to find witnesses and leads early in the investigations.

The last year the sheriff’s office made arrests in all its homicide cases was 2007.

The 2012 case with no suspects is the January shooting death of Kyle Royal.

The 16-year-old was shot Jan. 16 outside Magic City, a nightclub operating illegally at 3200 Mike Padgett Highway.

In June, the sheriff’s office paid for three electronic billboards hoping to generate tips in the case, but none came. The billboards displayed Royal’s photo, an image of the gun that killed him and a $5,000 reward.

“There are witnesses but they’re not telling us anything,” Dresser said.



A look at total homicides and the number of arrests made:


2012 * 23 22

2011 27 19

2010 38 33

2009 26 22

2008 27 26

2007 29 29

2006 17 15

2005 26 23


* as of Oct. 10



Source: Richmond County Sheriff’s Office



Law enforcement officials consider a homicide solved as soon as a judge issues an arrest warrant, whether the suspect is ever convicted in court or even captured. Nine homicides remain unsolved in Richmond County the past two years, meaning no arrests have been made.


FEB. 5: Franklin Lilo Smith, 25, was found in the middle of Portland Street in Hephzibah with a gunshot wound to the lower back.

MAY 14: Angelo Quinn Daggett, 23, was found shot outside River Glen Apartments on East Telfair Street.

MAY 26: Travis Daniel Moore, 25, was shot outside his home on Old Louisville Road. Authorities believe the death was the result of a drug-related robbery.

OCT. 19: William Carter, 27, was shot during a home invasion at his home on Audubon Place.

NOV. 20: Lawrence Russell Moore, 36, was shot in an empty lot on Essie McIntyre Boulevard.

DEC. 7: Terrell Kenan Calloway, 23, was shot at Golden Camp and Hawthorne roads.

DEC. 13: Ronald Irvin, 47, was shot at his home on Naples Drive.

DEC. 23: Tyrone Parrish, 41, was shot in his home on Exuma Drive.



JAN. 16: Kyle Austin Royal, 16, was shot in the backseat of a car at Magic City, a nightclub that was operating illegally on Mike Padgett Highway. The vehicle crashed into a telephone pole nearby.

DATABASE: Homicide Reports