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Four men are being held as suspects in two unrelated killings on both sides of the Savannah River.

Three men are being held in the shooting death of a 24-year-old Thomson resident, and another suspect is being held in the death of an Aiken man.

Michael Ayers, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson, said only one of three suspects had been charged with murder as of Monday in the shooting death of 24-year-old Kenneth Johnson of Thomson.

Ayers identified the suspect as Dexter Jones, 21, of Augusta Manor Apartments in the 3500 block of Mike Padgett Highway, Augusta. Authorities are withholding the names of the other two suspects until warrants can be drawn up today charging them with murder, too. They will be named later in the day, Ayers said.

The three suspects are being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Logan Marshall said the three are believed to have shot Johnson shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday on Greenbrier Road, not far from where the victim lived.

Johnson died at 2:21 a.m. Monday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, according to Coroner Rhusha Mack.

An autopsy was expected to be performed today at the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta. Marshall said the victim was shot at least once in the upper torso.

In South Carolina, Aiken Public Safety is investigating the death of a man found late Monday evening in the 200 block of Columbia Avenue as a homicide.

The names of the victim and suspect were not immediately available. The suspect is in police custody, Aiken Police Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said.

Staff writer Bianca Cain contributed to this report.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/10 - 09:24 pm
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This breaking story is at

This breaking story is at least better than the last one. There was the story posted online saying "Coroner Called to Walmart Parking Lot" without any reporting of what had actually happened. A few comments were made as to why the story was even posted when nothing was known. I asked in a humorous way, "Vern, (the coroner) who dead?"

I was later chastised by Sean Moores for not respecting the poor lady who had tragically committed suicide even thoughI had no way of knowing anyone had even died when that fragment of a story made its way online.

It's like saying a firetruck was called to Broad St and comments are made about it being used in the Christmas parade and later we find out the firetruck was there because 50 people had perished in a fire. The Chronicle has to be careful when it throws out these breaking stories. Especially, if they are going to criticize posters for not having advance knowledge of facts they intend to add later.

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tuffenuf4u 12/20/10 - 09:29 pm
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Sean Moores must have a very

Sean Moores must have a very boring job. Because I too have been the recipient of his chastisements. I wonder if he gets to wear a badge to work?

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Riverman1 12/20/10 - 09:49 pm
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Bless Sean's heart. He not

Bless Sean's heart. He not only wears a badge, he has one on his coffee cup, T-shirt and magnet clip on his refrigerator.

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DRRush 12/21/10 - 01:55 pm
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Who is Sean Moores?

Who is Sean Moores?

wizolman
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wizolman 01/31/11 - 12:45 pm
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Anybody have news about the

Anybody have news about the big shootout in Thomson Sunday afternoon? I heard a man had been shot by another and then took off. I sat on my patio and heard a long shootout of about an hour. there must have been at least 100 pistol and shotgun shots.

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