Suspect arrested in Augusta motel slaying




An Aiken man has been arrested in Sun­day’s fatal shooting at Scottish Inn in Augusta.

Marcus Andre Coleman, 20, of the 100 block of Taylor Street, was arrested about 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve at Knights Inn on Jefferson Davis Highway, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew.

Coleman was being held in the Aiken County Detention Center; charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime were pending his extradition to Georgia.

Ralph Harrell, 40, was found with a gunshot wound to the chest at Scottish Inn, 1079 Stevens Creek Road, about 1:25 a.m. Sunday and later died.

On Monday, investigators released a surveillance video of a suspect, who had not yet been identified, walking with another man.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division assisted in Coleman’s arrest.

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