Murder indictment returned in Augusta double homicide

Although Preston Overton’s body hasn’t been found yet, an indictment handed down Tuesday names him and his friend Chad Garner as homicide victims.


The Richmond County grand jury issued a multiple count indictment against William J. Krepps, 23, Vaughn A. Verdi, 23, and Emily Stephens, 17.

The three are accused of murder in the deaths of Overton, 28, and Garner, 27, which occurred between June 8-11, according to the indictment. Garner’s body was found in a shed on Peach Orchard Road on June 11. He had been shot multiple times, twice in the back of his head. Overton, who was last known to be with Garner on the way to see Krepps, is presumed dead. Blood-stained clothing last worn by both men was found at Verdi’s home.

Stephens was originally only charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly burning Krepps’ clothing at his request. She was arrested on a grand jury arrest warrant Wednesday. She is now charged with tampering with evidence and murder.

The indictment also accuses Krepps and Verdi of armed robbery in the theft of a 2014 Dodge Journey found on Tybee Island, Ga., on June 10. According to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle, the vehicle had been washed down with bleach. The vehicle belongs to Overton’s girlfriend. Overton was driving it the last time she talked to him on June 8.

Krepps is also charged with burglary for allegedly entering Garner’s hotel room and taking items. Krepps, Verdi and Stephens should be arraigned later this month.

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