Bond denied Augusta woman accused of murder

An Augusta woman accused of murder in the death of her boyfriend was denied bond Friday.

 

Leslie Howard, 40, appeared in Richmond County Superior Court for a bond hearing before Senior Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet. She is accused of killing 50-year-old Michael Davenport on Oct. 5.

Assistant District Attorney MacKenzie Gray told the judge that Davenport had been living with Howard and her children for about a month until he moved out after an argument and took a room at the Ramada Inn on Gordon Highway.

At the hotel, video cameras recorded Davenport and another woman entering his room, and later of the woman leaving, Gray said. After that, Howard was recorded entering Davenport’s room and leaving later with a bag, Gray said.

Davenport was found dead in the room. He had been shot.

Defense attorney Lee Prescott asked the judge to consider bond for Howard, who has no prior felony conviction. She has a number of family connections in Augusta and can live with her mother, he said. Howard is also ill and in need of an operation to remove one of her kidneys, Prescott said.

 

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