7 plead not guilty at Columbia County arraignments

Several people charged with crimes in Co­lumbia County pleaded not guilty in an Evans courtroom Friday afternoon.


THREE MEN ARRESTED in a fatal home invasion in February pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Leonard Jamal Walton, 18, of Maywood Drive in Martinez; Jose Lopez-Gamero, 21, of North Belair Road in Evans; and Ed­ward Albert Brown III, 19, of Bridgeton Road in Augusta, were indicted on charges of murder, criminal attempt to commit robbery, burglary and simple battery, according to court documents.

The murder charges stem from the shooting of Justin Anthony Stephens, 19, who was a fourth conspirator in the Feb. 29 attempt to rob a Martinez apartment. Authorities say Stephens and Walton forced their way into the apartment, where the homeowner’s 15-year-old son shot Stephens.

Authorities say Lopez-Gamero was the getaway driver and Brown the lookout.

All three men are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.


A HEPHZIBAH MAN accused of murder in the death of his criminal accomplice pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Anthony Terrell Graddy, 35, of Creekview Drive, pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal attempt to commit a felony, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon.
Authorities say Graddy and Patrick Smith, 33, entered a home on Blanchard Road in Evans on Feb. 24 to rob those inside.

Smith was shot by one of the three men in the home and was found passed out in the driver’s seat of a GMC Suburban on the side of Blanchard Road. He died the next day. Columbia County authorities have not released the name of the man they believe shot Smith.

Graddy is being in held without bond, according to jail records.


YVETTE TAYLOR, 47, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. She is accused of killing her 63-year-old roommate, Theodore Crew, on Feb. 11 in the apartment they shared. Taylor said she left about 1 a.m. and found Crew unresponsive on the bathroom floor about seven hours later.

Neighbors told investigators that they heard loud noises. Taylor’s mother and aunt, with whom Taylor said she’d spent the night, admitted she showed up with a box cutter and bag of bloody clothes. Investigators found those items in a wooded area behind the apartment complex.

Taylor is being held without bond, according to jail records.


A HEPHZIBAH COUPLE accused of stealing more than $100,000 from their employer over six years pleaded not guilty. Brian Michael Bagrowski, 38, and Angela Mayberry Bagrowski, 46, both of Parker Road, were charged with racketeering and computer theft. Angela Bagrowski also is charged with four counts of theft.

The indictment accuses the pair, who worked for Eye Consul­tants of Augusta, of accepting customer cash payments and later adjusting computer records to reflect payment by a group check. The couple kept the cash from the transactions made between September 2005 through
De­cember 2011, the indictment alleges.

Angela Bagrowski also is charged with giving unauthorized discounts or not charging for goods and services and stealing a pair of sunglasses.

They are being held without bond, according to jail records.



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