Arrests made in Tuesday slaying

Two suspects were charged Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 64-year-old man on First Street. Seth Rouzan, 26, of the 100 block of McElmurray Drive, and Ronnie Pontoon, 15, of the 400 block of First Street, face murder and armed robbery charges in the Tuesday death of Joseph Williams Jr., police said.


Investigators were called to an apartment parking lot in the 400 block of First Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday, where they found Williams, who had been shot. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he died about 6:30 p.m.

Williams’ killing was the 22nd homicide of the year in Richmond County.

According to court records and Augusta Chronicle archives, Rouzan was charged with murder and armed robbery in the Dec. 12, 2006 slaying of 39-year-old Jeffrey Labord, a city employee who was killed at his Doublegate home. Labord’s vehicle was also stolen.

Labord was a 19-year veteran of the Traffic Engineering Department, where he worked in maintenance, said Steve Cassell, then assistant director of traffic engineering. “It hit everybody with a lot of shock,” Cassell told The Chronicle in 2006.

Lahord also worked as a volunteer at Augusta Youth Center.

In 2007, a jury hearing Rouzan’s case could not reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.

Two years later, charges against Rouzan were reduced to voluntary manslaughter and burglary. He was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by 15 years’ probation, fined $2,500 and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service, according to court accounts.

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