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Suspects sought in Thanksgiving Day deaths of 2 girls

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Two Aiken teenagers found dead on Thanksgiving morning had been led into a wooded area in downtown Augusta by at least two men and shot -- "execution style" -- in the backs of their heads.

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Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles provides new details, including the manner of death of two Aiken County teenagers, during a news conference.  Adam Folk/Staff
Adam Folk/Staff
Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles provides new details, including the manner of death of two Aiken County teenagers, during a news conference.

At a news conference Monday, Richmond County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles released more disturbing details in the deaths of Angela Brooks, 19, of Warrenville, and Nancy Cushman, 17, of Beech Island. The teens' bodies were found by a passerby near a wooded path at the corner of Twiggs Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard early Thursday.

Initially listed as a person of interest in the case, Peebles said Travis Lorenzo Berrian, 26, is a suspect in the killings. Authorities are also searching for a second man who appears in surveillance video released by investigators.

"At some point after being led there (the victims) were placed side-by-side and shot execution style at that location," Peebles said.

"They were at least kneeling, possibly lying on the ground."

Investigators worked through the weekend and into Monday on the girls' case, and on the unrelated slaying of Samuel Carroll Jr. on Sunday night. The three deaths brought this year's homicide total to 38, the highest since 1993, according to Augusta Chronicle records. That year, there were 42 homicides.

A man wanted for Carroll's killing -- 23-year-old Desmond Marquette Anthony -- turned himself in to deputies Monday afternoon and was charged with murder.

During Monday's press conference about the Thanksgiving Day killings, Peebles said one of the girls, Cushman, had a recent "on-again, off-again" relationship with Berrian and that the girls had gone to visit him the night of the shootings

"They had had some significant issues leading up to Thanksgiving morning that I cannot get into," Peebles said.

"We have speculation, right now, and we have ideas on motives. We have many theories floating at this point."

A video released at the press conference shows two men -- one of them identified as Berrian -- exiting the back doors of Cushman's 1999 Cadillac Escalade at the Smart Grocery at 3221 Wrightsboro Road at 12:20 a.m.

Peebles said officers do not know who was driving the SUV and could not say for sure whether the victims were in the vehicle.

Cushman's SUV was found abandoned at Second and Telfair streets shortly after the bodies were found. Investigators think the Escalade was driven from the crime scene to where it was abandoned.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the killings. Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080 and can remain anonymous.

Suspect surrenders to police

Desmond Marquette Anthony, 23, turned himself in to deputies Monday afternoon after he was charged with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Samuel Carroll Jr.

Carroll's body was found near a path along the north side of Building 1 of the Fairway Village Apartments shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday. Authorities are still not clear on the motive but said robbery is suspected, according to sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles.

"I think there is a lot about that case that we still don't know yet," Peebles said. "I wouldn't be surprised if there are more arrests."

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/29/10 - 06:21 pm
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Very, very sad. My heart

Very, very sad. My heart goes out to the families.

dougk
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dougk 11/29/10 - 07:05 pm
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My God....if the news isn't
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My God....if the news isn't horrible enough....why does it have to be written so badly?

ebs421
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ebs421 11/29/10 - 06:46 pm
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Yes it is..Lets bring back

Yes it is..Lets bring back the electric chair before its to late..These people dont fear anything..

cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 11/29/10 - 07:33 pm
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I looked you Travis Lorenzo

I looked you Travis Lorenzo Berrian's name and he has been in trouble with the law since he was 17. Once for drugs, another for shooting at someone and they searched his home and found lots of guns, was sentenced to 5 years in jail and then less than 2 years later he shot someone. If he was in jail like he should have been, he would not been able to kill these young ladies. The system has to be fixed are the crime will continue to be out of hand.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 11/29/10 - 07:56 pm
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This is sad, but it's what we

This is sad, but it's what we have come to expect.

dani
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dani 11/29/10 - 07:57 pm
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The girls went to see him.

The girls went to see him. Makes one shudder.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/29/10 - 08:00 pm
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Remember, this IS still

Remember, this IS still America. Chairman MaoBama has done a big job of shredding the Constitution, but there are still protections in place. Berrian is a SUSPECT and has not been tried and convicted, yet some here are already having him in the electric chair. Cottoncandy, do you have direct knowledge that Berrian DID commit these murders?

Cadence
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Cadence 11/29/10 - 08:01 pm
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This story makes me sick. Can

This story makes me sick. Can you imagine those poor girls kneeling on that cold ground probably begging for their lives. Then the cold hearted b*****d shot each of them in the head. He isn't even human, in my opinion.

ebs421
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ebs421 11/29/10 - 08:15 pm
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@ humbleopinion its getting

@ humbleopinion its getting to close to home..someone has to put fear in these people.The only way this will stop.What about the ones that are guiltyStart showing them we means business..He wouldnt be a suspect and those young ladies wouldnt be victims

curly123053
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curly123053 11/29/10 - 08:25 pm
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Who ever committed this crime

Who ever committed this crime is definitely not human as I agree with Cadence. Justice needs to start being served much more swiftly once they know for a fact who has committed such atrocious acts as this. The courts are partly to blame with giving so many thugs the "slap on the wrist" and then paroling them from a ridiculously light term.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/29/10 - 08:40 pm
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Uncivilized!
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Uncivilized!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/29/10 - 09:24 pm
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Why does everyone blame Obama

Why does everyone blame Obama for everything? Half of the criminals had a record before Obama took office. Blame the murderer.

dougk
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dougk 11/29/10 - 09:43 pm
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It's about people not knowing
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It's about people not knowing what they are talking about Patty-P.
As far as the "shredding of Constitution" goes, it can be attributed to the drug and crime "wars" beginning with Ronald Regan, through George Herbert Bush and Bill Clinton, and then reaching its apex with the George Walker Bush Patriot Act. Of course, it could be and will be argued forever if any of these erosions were really necessary. But I am not sure what the Obama adminstration has done to shred it any further ....unless we're talking about the fullbody scans, thorough pat-downs, and strip searches at airports.....wait, have they started the strip searches started yet?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/29/10 - 10:10 pm
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cottoncandy16, you're right.

cottoncandy16, you're right. Law enforcement did their part correctly. Then the overloaded court/jail system let him out of jail before he completed his sentence.

ebs421
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ebs421 11/29/10 - 10:58 pm
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This propblem started at

This propblem started at home..Children not being raised.When i was in school you got corrected there and at home.Made it where the parent nor the school could do anything,and now here's the results..No Fear..

dougk
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dougk 11/29/10 - 11:03 pm
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I was just recalling that
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I was just recalling that today, ebs421. We sang hymns and recited Bible verses in the morning and got slapped, banged, and whipped by the teacher the remainder of the day. We sure learned to respect authority and learned the material as well.

maandpa
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maandpa 11/29/10 - 11:04 pm
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Yes, Cadence. I can imagine

Yes, Cadence. I can imagine how those girls felt because that is basically how my brother's life ended. It was a freezing cold January when he was dragged to the woods and strangled with coat wire and left for dead while my parents house was being robbed. Then the two involved returned to bury him only to find he was still alive and crawled to hide under a bush, so they emptied a gun shooting him around 6 times. Yep, I listened in court how my brother begged for his life to no avail before being shot. And the one shooting him, well he was released from jail after 7 years. But now, he is back in jail because he was arrested for possession of a gun and drugs. I am sure he will be released from jail again. His partner is in jail for life, supposedly. My brother, well he's dead. Never graduatedd from high school, never was able to marry or have children, never was able to enjoy life because of two scumbags who wanted to rob my parents' house of a stinking $200. I would have given them the money to save my brother.

eah1280
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eah1280 11/30/10 - 12:06 am
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This is amazing to me. 38

This is amazing to me. 38 MURDERS in Richmond County, and what do they do? Force all deputies to have 2 furlough days before the end of the year, and they've already been informed that there will be five next year. There is also talk of making the beats they patrol larger, and reducing the number of deputies. When all this takes place in 2011, Richmond County will have a lot more than 38 murders....

BobG
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BobG 11/30/10 - 01:24 am
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"My God....if the news isn't

"My God....if the news isn't horrible enough....why does it have to be written so badly?"

....Maybe you might like to offer your tutoring services to the editorial staff.

....The writing was done well enough to make me angry and outraged. Don't really care about critiquing the skill behind it.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/30/10 - 01:29 am
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ebs421, you can't discipline

ebs421, you can't discipline kids anymore, unless you want a felony child abuse charge on your record. That's exactly the reason the kids nowadays have no respect for anyone.

hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 11/30/10 - 02:34 am
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You can discipline your kids

You can discipline your kids and if you start early then you won't have to try to beat them when they are as big as you are. You don't have to beat them to a pulp to discipline them and every offense does not require physical discipline although I agree that it is sometimes needed. And you will not be arrested, as a matter of fact a RC deputy will come and tell your child that you can spank them if you have some apprehensions about it, I saw it happen with a neighbor of mine.

hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 11/30/10 - 02:42 am
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This is a very good video and

This is a very good video and someone knows the person in the white shirt, you can see him very clearly towards the end of the video. Please turn him in someone.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/30/10 - 06:37 am
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This 17 year old girl had a

This 17 year old girl had a Caddy Escalade? She picked up these guys and had an on and off relationship with one of them? There is much more to this than two innocent girls being killed "gangsta" style.

I am afraid that no amount of "hymns" being sung or "recited Bible verses in the morning" or getting "slapped, banged, and whipped by the teacher the remainder of the day" would help situations like this.

This is a situation where the basic foundations of civil society have not been fostered into them from birth or they have fell in love with the phoney tough ideals of "Thug Life" that glorify what they see as "ruthless" violence in order to have power.

Either way, these boys will be made heros for being able to do that type of violence on unarmed people. This type of violence is a badge of honor to "Gang Bangers" and they will be given a pretty high rank 'inside' because of cold-blooded nature of the crimes.

I guess someone will try and start the same old tired 'gun control' argument over this and then in the same breath talk about the poor background they must have come from and try to make all sorts of excuses for the brutal actions.

Augusta is Dodge City and the commission intends on cuting the Sheriff by $750,000.00 while the DDA keeps its $200,000.00 a year all while raising taxes on business owners.

Priorities, RC has em'

Brad

P.S. Where is the The Mandate Mayor, Deke "Ironman" Copenhaver in all this? He has not even made one statement about all the murders now has he?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 07:00 am
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Blanket amnesty for all.

Blanket amnesty for all.

bclicious
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bclicious 11/30/10 - 07:15 am
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Reminds me of Iraq. We used

Reminds me of Iraq. We used to find many iraqis executed on the side of the road after they had been bound and gagged. What in the world was the motive?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/30/10 - 09:49 am
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If Deke isn't part of the

If Deke isn't part of the solution, he's part of the problem. A few good words would help a whole lot right now. How about some simple words of leadership in another direction? Or do we have to wait for a nice round number like FORTY or beat an old record of 55 before he'll speak up?

Abby-noll
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Abby-noll 11/30/10 - 10:20 am
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This is such a sad story. It

This is such a sad story. It doesn't matter what they were doing, or shouldn't have been doing. The fact remains that 2 children's lives have been snuffed out. What they could have accomplished in life will never be known. God bless their family, because no matter what... somebody loved them and is suffering their loss. I hope they find who did this and fry their butt. I don't give a rats patootie what their motive was or if they were abused as children or their mommy didn't love them enough.

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 11/30/10 - 10:24 am
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If Deke were to comment now,

If Deke were to comment now, it would be a PR nightmare! Not 2 bring race into this, but 2 young white girls allegedly killed by black males. That's enough to get the clan from in front of ASU...and bring Sharpton down b4 the toy drive. I just think it would make situations worse.

Burke
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Burke 11/30/10 - 10:50 am
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@dougk "It's about people not

@dougk "It's about people not knowing what they are talking about Patty-P.
As far as the 'shredding of Constitution' goes, it can be attributed to the drug and crime 'wars' beginning with Ronald Regan, through George Herbert Bush and Bill Clinton, and then reaching its apex with the George Walker Bush Patriot Act."

If you're going to criticize someone for not knowing what he is talking about you may want to check your facts in the future. The War on Drugs was started under Nixon... or at least that's when the term was coined. It was a continuation of policies implemented in 1914... The rest of your ranting doesn't even deserve a response.

Humble Opinion was simply trying to express that although we have an extremely overbearing executive figure at the moment, there are still constitutional protections in place like the presumption of innocence. My response to him would be that those protections are legal prosecution and carry no weight in the court of public opinion.

Where trying to bash Reagan for the War on Drugs came into this I'm completely baffled.

Bottom line is that something's gotta give. I'd probably agree with the majority of people here who have expressed that we simply aren't tough enough on crime.

vls214
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vls214 11/30/10 - 10:51 am
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My prayers are with the

My prayers are with the families. Passing judgment will not bring them back.

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