Indictments returned in case of Richmond County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot

Two Augusta teens have been indicted on charges of murder in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy.

 

The Richmond County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday accusing Na’eem R. Caldwell, 17, and Donelle Osborne Jr., 18, of murder and armed robbery in the June 15 death of Gregory Cooke.

Cooke, 43, was fatally shot in front of Caldwell’s home on Lennox Road. According to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle, Cooke went to the home to see Caldwell’s mother. She is estranged from her husband, Stevie Caldwell. Cooke and Stevie Caldwell allegedly argued that day and Cooke approached him with a gun.

In a separate indictment, Stevie Caldwell was charged with tampering with evidence and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He allegedly tossed shell casings into a storm drain after Cooke was shot. He also allegedly gave his son the weapon used to kill Cooke.

In a third indictment, three teens are accused of two counts of hindering the apprehension of a crime for allegedly going with Caldwell and Osborne to Burke County after the fatal shooting. Nikeyla D. Reeves, 17, Demerius T. Hunter, 17, and Neqwaun O. Roberson, 18, are named in that indictment.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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