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Man jailed in grandmother's beating death

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A Hephzibah man is in custody after the brutal beating death of his grandmother, 92-year-old Dorothy Lockwood.

Theodore Cornell Lockett, 21, is charged in the brutal beating death of his 92-year-old grandmother Saturday night in Hephzibah.
Theodore Cornell Lockett, 21, is charged in the brutal beating death of his 92-year-old grandmother Saturday night in Hephzibah.

According to authorities, Theodore "Ted" Cornell Lockett, 21, returned late Saturday to his grandmother's Apache Trail home, where he had lived for six months before Lockwood asked him to move out.

Around 10 p.m., Lockett confronted his grandmother in the living room and began assaulting her, knocking her to the ground and striking her several times in the head with a glass table, a report from Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel C. Carrier said.

Lockett then called his mother, Sondra Lockett, and told her he'd just killed his grandmother and was going to kill her, the report said.

Theodore Lockett "then went back inside the residence and assaulted Lockwood again" by striking her in the head several times with a microwave oven, the report said.

When law enforcement arrived, they found Lockett inside and he surrendered without incident, Carrier said. His mother had contacted them after her son called, he said.

Also inside the house but unharmed was another woman, a bedridden relative for whom Lockwood was caring, Carrier said.

Authorities aren't sure what might have sent Lockett, who has no apparent criminal record, into a rage. He has been treated at a behavioral health facility but has no known psychiatric diagnosis, Carrier said.

Lockett was booked into the Richmond County jail at 2:15 a.m. Sunday on charges of aggravated assault, burglary and making terroristic threats.

The charge of murder was added when his grandmother died about 5 a.m. Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/09/11 - 05:51 pm
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Wow. And people around here

Wow. And people around here want to legalize drugs? I wonder how many other offenses he's had for violent acts?

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 01/09/11 - 06:32 pm
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This is really sad and the

This is really sad and the Grandmother at her age I am sure has seen a lot in her life. For it to end in the manner is a shame!

Jane18
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Jane18 01/09/11 - 06:48 pm
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Maybe not everything booble,

Maybe not everything booble, but, most everything! Ya gotta have money to buy it.

reba530
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reba530 01/09/11 - 07:04 pm
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What a sad story..I think
Unpublished

What a sad story..I think they ought to hang pictures up of her in his jail cell...That way he can see her face everyday and realize when he comes down frim his high he may have some kind of remorse...So sad...

harrison0624
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harrison0624 01/09/11 - 07:30 pm
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There was nothing in this

There was nothing in this article that suggest that drugs were involved. Y'all people really jump the gun around here. He was clearly unstable mentally and had something else going on. It said he called his mother to tell her he was going to kill her too. This man suffered from sort of mental instability and needed help probaly for years and never got the necessary treatment for it.

dani
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dani 01/09/11 - 07:34 pm
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Can a person get worse than

Can a person get worse than this? Could it be political?

raul
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raul 01/09/11 - 07:35 pm
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@harrison0624. That's right,

@harrison0624. That's right, blame society for this man's behavior. Prime candidate for the death penalty, if convicted.

Batman
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Batman 01/09/11 - 07:49 pm
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Christ is the only hope of

Christ is the only hope of turning things around in our country. Until we return to Jesus we'll continue to waste our breath, time and money.

dani
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dani 01/09/11 - 07:51 pm
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raul...People continue to

raul...People continue to justify bad behavior. i.e. my facetious remark above.

This is nothing sort of monstrous.

harrison0624
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harrison0624 01/09/11 - 08:00 pm
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@ raul. You got too much time

@ raul. You got too much time on your hands. Did i blame society for him killing his grandmother. Are you a psychologist that practices theories of those who murder? I simply said he was mentally unstable. Explain your criticism of my statement. I simply said there was nothing that suggested drugs were involved. Clearly, a person who beats a 90 year old woman with a microwave had something unbalancing in his brain going on. You sound a little hostile. You might want to step a way from the computer and get another hobby until you can adequately articulate yourself and your statements. Surely he will be jailed for this. Please explain what makes saying someone with a mental disability a societal problem?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 01/09/11 - 08:18 pm
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What a real man. Hope he gets

What a real man. Hope he gets his just reward in prison.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 01/09/11 - 08:31 pm
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Another piece of human

Another piece of human debris. A prime candidate for the executioner's "express lane".

vibe1
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vibe1 01/09/11 - 08:49 pm
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Do not give him the death

Do not give him the death penalty - he'll be safely isolated for the next 10-20 years. Put him in general population and let 'nature' take it's course. :)

boredinaug
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boredinaug 01/09/11 - 08:52 pm
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How about tougher prison

How about tougher prison sentences for those who choose to MURDER other people. PERIOD. Maybe if anyone actually FEARED the criminal justice system anymore, crime rates would go down. I hope this fellow gets all that he deserves in prison. Poor grandma lives to be 92 years old...only to die in such a mean, violent way...and by the hand of her own grandson. Just absolutely absurd.

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 01/09/11 - 09:38 pm
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Just stone him!!!

Just stone him!!!

Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 01/09/11 - 10:09 pm
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92 years old and beat to

92 years old and beat to death, the only way to deal with this parasite is to send him to the eternal dirt nap slowly the same way

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/09/11 - 10:10 pm
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This one should have been

This one should have been drowned at birth.

Cadence
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Cadence 01/09/11 - 10:41 pm
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It said on the news that he

It said on the news that he was supposed to take meds for schizophrenia but had not been taking them. I know the arguments against it, but there must be a way to give a long acting shot or something to patients who are non compliant and potentially dangerous.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/09/11 - 10:47 pm
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Say what you want and remain

Say what you want and remain as politically correct as you care to but the number of violent and sensless crimes committed by young black males far exceeds all other races / sexes. The lack of self respect, respect for others as well as the demand to be "respected" from their point of view has a lot to do with this. This isn't just a racial problem since it does not occur with young black females nearly as much or in any other races/sexes.

The NAACP wishes to ignore it, the church leaders wish to ignore it, the marchers for peace continue to ignore it and police have to be as politically correct as possible so really don't discuss it.

Until this is dealt with by our leaders, especially black leaders, preachers and community members many young black men will continue to die early deaths or be incarcerated for long periods of time. Knowing this fact, it would seem like the black community would take their head out of the sand and at the very least acknowledge the problem is real.

tcowan13
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tcowan13 01/09/11 - 11:09 pm
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God and Jesus are our

God and Jesus are our salvation in this world.

dougk
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dougk 01/09/11 - 11:07 pm
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And, when is the the white
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And, when is the the white community and its leaders and white preachers going to take their heads out of the sand and do something about all the serial and mass murderers who happen to be white men?......not white women, mind you.

tcowan13
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tcowan13 01/09/11 - 11:08 pm
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I agree with Batman Jesus

I agree with Batman Jesus Christ and God are our salvation in all things.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/10/11 - 12:10 am
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I was dreading the murder

I was dreading the murder count for Richmond County starting...day nine into the new year and the first murder has already occured. What a pity that someone can live 92 years and be killed by their grandson no less, senseless!

harrison0624
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harrison0624 01/10/11 - 12:17 am
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@ Cadence, the family or

@ Cadence, the family or practitioner can request for the patient to have protective order by a judge asking for them to comply with their medication needs as prescribed by a doctor. Sadly, it still will not assure they would commit to taking their meds as necessary and officials would have to prove that they are a threat which means harming themselves or someone else. Either way trying to get the law to make someone take them meds by these measures, it would probably be too little too late.

Mac2406
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Mac2406 01/10/11 - 12:48 am
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It’s a sad day for anyone who

It’s a sad day for anyone who has to suffer a loss of a family member. Was Ted marked from the day he was born? What kind of person that is protected with their basic needs would commit this type of act? Well, I have known Ted since he was in high school, friend of my son, helped us do landscaping work, and I took him to the recruiter office after he finished his GED at Augusta Tech however, he needed to take fifteen hours of college credit before he could join. He was a yes sir, no sir respectful young man. As a matter of fact I picked him up last month walking to the Triangle Store on Willis Foreman Road, walking to the store to buy cigarettes. Not working, I asked what he was doing for funds. His grandmother had given him money to buy them. While bringing him back home he said as the time passed, he just got involve with the wrong crowd, who had introduce him to drugs, which led him to enter into the hospital. So, I asked all of you to not look at most people are bad because you do not know what kind of life they had or living. The only thing we can do is, ask that God bless all of us.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/10/11 - 12:48 am
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black "leaders" can do little

black "leaders" can do little about the black community and crime. no more than (yes dougk) white or Muslims can police their demographic groups.

In order for these teens and young adults to change, they have to be able to respect the person(s) trying to change them. How much respect do you think they are willing to give to "leaders"? Any race, ethnicity or religion.

Iamrightyouarewrong
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Iamrightyouarewrong 01/10/11 - 01:01 am
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God and Jesus are our

God and Jesus are our salvation, but only by our personal choice to have it be. What is one of the earliest stories in the Bible? Cain killing his brother. Violence has been with us since the beginning of time and always will be.

gaj265
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gaj265 01/10/11 - 01:03 am
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Please do not make excuses or

Please do not make excuses or try to justify the actions of this monster. There are no excuses for what he did. Period.

bentman
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bentman 01/10/11 - 01:21 am
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pond scum

pond scum

hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 01/10/11 - 02:21 am
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Thank you mac2406 for giving

Thank you mac2406 for giving insight into this. And for those of you that think every thing is race related, God help you and yours. This young man has mental issues and needed help. The process was started but apparently not followed through on. RC was at the grandmothers house earlier that evening but the young man refused to go to the hospital and the grandmother did not feel that she was in any harm. Mental illness is real and very unpredictable. You are providing love when you get your mentally ill family member evaluated, even if they have to be hospitalized for a short period.

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