Fatal brawl involved 30-50, deputies say



Thirty to 50 people were involved in a Friday afternoon brawl that left a south Augusta teen fatally injured, Richmond County sheriff’s investigators said Monday.

Demajhay Bell, 18, died at 10:40 a.m. Sunday at Augusta University Medical Center from a stabbing wound to his neck.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, deputies were called about 1:45 p.m. Friday to the large fight on Chaps Lane involving mostly teenagers. A 39-year-old Chaps Lane woman told police 30 to 50 teens arrived armed with baseball bats, pipes, knives and other weapons to fight her 15-year-old daughter, the report stated. It involved an ongoing dispute at Glenn Hills High School, she said.

The woman told deputies she tried to drive Bell to the hospital after he was stabbed, but when another fight broke out at the stop sign in the subdivision, Bell took the driver’s seat and attempted to drive himself. When Bell saw a Richmond County marshal parked at the intersection of Morgan and Deans Bridge roads, he left the vehicle and went to the marshal for help, she said.

During the fight, Eric Carter, whose age was not provided, was also taken to the hospital by ambulance after he was struck in the arm with a baseball bat. Arrest warrants indicate his arm was shattered.

At least three females have been charged in the baseball bat attack. Quiauna Henley, 18; Quiasha Henley, 35; and A’lexis Cain, 18, have been charged with aggravated assault after they struck Carter with a metal bat, according to authorities.

By the time deputies arrived at the scene, the fight had broken up and all suspects had fled.

Lt. Allan Rollins said information on more arrests or charges will be released as investigators continue to work the case.

Bell is the ninth Richmond County homicide victim this year. Three of the homicides occurred last week.




Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:44

Rants and raves

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:41

Shutdown would hit Augusta hard