4 charged in slaying

One suspect is cousin of victim's housekeeper, police say

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David Luckey's family is "somewhat relieved" about the arrest of four Hephzibah teenagers who have been charged with the murder of Luckey's 81-year-old father.

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"Basically, we wanted them off the streets so they don't hurt anyone else," he said.

Authorities arrested two adults and two juveniles Tuesday evening after receiving an anonymous tip.

An investigation revealed someone shot Johnny Luckey through the kitchen window of his Hoods Lane home before entering about 11:30 p.m. Friday. The bullet hit Luckey in the torso while he sat on the couch.

Inside the house, the assailants fired again, striking Luckey again in the torso, Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles said.

Authorities believe that Luckey, who family members said had heart problems and relied on an oxygen tank to breathe, was alive for the majority of the time the assailants were in his home. When emergency responders arrived, they tried CPR on Luckey unsuccessfully.

"It's obvious that we don't see cases like this often, especially involving an elderly handicapped man," Peebles said. "As if the robbery wasn't bad enough, they killed him -- four able-bodied teenagers that could have physically been able to out-match him."

Luckey had moved to his home off Tobacco Road with his family in 1963, but had lived alone since his wife died six years ago.

Joseph Lashun Jordan, 18, of Ridge Run in Hephzibah, and Artavious Sylvester Feazell, 19, of Tobacco Road, were charged with murder, armed robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, police said. They are being held at the Richmond County jail with no bond.

Authorities also charged Tracey Lamont Lindsey Jr., 15, of Walton Loop, and Rufus Khalid-Durand Van, 16, of Ridge Run, with murder and armed robbery. Both juveniles will be charged as adults and are being held at a youth facility.

Authorities said Feazell is the cousin of Luckey's housekeeper.

David Luckey said he was surprised to learn that Feazell was a suspect in the murder.

"What we knew of him, we didn't think he would do something like this," the victim's son said.

Luckey said the housekeeper was a neighbor who would drop by to straighten up the house.

Authorities do not believe that the housekeeper, who had previously lived with Feazell, was involved with the killing and burglary, Peebles said.

Luckey leaves behind three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His was Richmond County's sixth homicide of 2011.

Staff Writer Kyle Martin contributed to this article.

ONLY THOSE TRUSTED SHOULD BE IN HOME

Several senior citizens have been the victims of violence in the past year at the hands of yard workers or other people familiar with their house.

The most recent occurred Friday with the death of 81-year-old Johnny Luckey; among the four teens charged in the murder was the cousin of his housekeeper.

A week earlier, Howard Goode was found dead in his home on Cherokee Drive in Clearwater. Investigators arrested Michael Henderson, who did work in Goode's yard, in connection with the Aiken County death.

Yana Schenker, 75, was killed last summer, and Aiken County officials have said they consider Franklin Wright, a handyman who helped out around her house and yard, a suspect. He is expected to be extradited to South Carolina to face murder and other charges.

Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said he recommends hiring workers from reputable sources and limiting a repairman's access to your house.

-- Kyle Martin, staff writer

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/11/11 - 06:07 pm
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I don't understand the

I don't understand the mentality of blaming others, particularly the group of ministers (with a disrespectful reference made of their judicial rights to file a suit) on the illegal, immoral behavior of a group of unknown boys who were never in their charge. Apply your own standards that you set for others to yourself and ask; what are YOU doing to help with society's ills besides pointing your finger at someone else?

People do what they choose to do and all the social programs in the world will change nothing. It’s about personal responsibility. Change is an inside job requiring pain and consequences. Hopefully, much of both is on the way to help them with their character defects.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/11/11 - 06:13 pm
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autumnleaves, Like button on

autumnleaves, Like button on everything you said with one addition.
"Strong families are the keystone for stronger communities." Yes, plus, and most important, built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. A house built on sand, will always fail, no matter how hard we work.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/11/11 - 06:31 pm
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Blame others when justice is

Blame others when justice is not served for any victim of a violent crime. People who don't understand that may have never been a victim.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/11/11 - 07:12 pm
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These animals need to be put

These animals need to be put down. The sooner the better. Murdering at 15 and 16 years old??? Burglarizing homes at 15 and 16 years old??? They stood outside and shot this man while he was in his own home...Nothing but a bunch of cowardly, chicken stuff punks. More worthless than pond scum. These young punk criminals need to learn, and need to learn now, that these crimes are punishable by death. Use these four worthless vermin as an example to others who are thinking of doing the same cowardly deed.

Also, where is the outrage from the minority community? Where are these people when 4 little darlings murder, in cold blood, apparently premeditated, a defenseless 81 year-old man. Where are the New Black Panthers? Where are the ministers? Where are the community "leaders" to decry this crime? They sure came out in force when the police were forced to make a split second decision and killed a drug dealer. Where are they now? Where is the outrage? The candlelight vigil? Maybe the cicadas are chirping so loudly that I can't hear them..

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/11/11 - 07:37 pm
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@Republic...there are a lot

@Republic...there are a lot of black people that get upset with crime. They may not be blogging on AC all day and night but they do exist.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/11/11 - 07:40 pm
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Oh, we're outraged all right;

Oh, we're outraged all right; we post on here again and again. Then there are some who actually have the nerve to call us "haters" and "negative" and insist that crime is going down in Augusta.

When a muncipality reduces the size of its police force, crime goes up. That is the bottom line.

Commissioners, are you listening to us??? Or are you too busy arguing about "at the courthouse" and worrying about day care businesses being built??

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 05/11/11 - 07:58 pm
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If 5 teens will travel from

If 5 teens will travel from S. Augusta to a neighboring town and shoot down a man w/ his baby and fiance in the home and think they would get away with it; imagine how easy it easy for the young criminals to be in their area and get away with it. (Or think they will anyway). Although all 5 were convicted it still doesn't bring back the father of 4 children. Doesn't matter how old or young the life is you take. It's wrong.

painfully honest
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painfully honest 05/11/11 - 08:33 pm
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I really don't understand
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I really don't understand what being black, white, poor, or rich has to do with this story. I work at a prison and let me tell you, crime has no race. There are people out there that will prey on your biases and prejudices and use them to get close to you and victimize you. You people had better get your heads out of your behinds and start taking the necessary measures to protect yourselves.

whatsupwiththat
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whatsupwiththat 05/11/11 - 08:35 pm
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It makes no difference if it

It makes no difference if it was their mother, father (or lack of either), environment or society. Line them up and pull the switch. They don't deserve another breath of air.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 05/11/11 - 08:49 pm
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Doyougetitnow, part of the

Doyougetitnow, part of the problem is these crooks aren't smart enough to know they will get caught. Most of these types of crimes, the perps are caught within 48 - 72 hours, how dumb can they be?

mosovich
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mosovich 05/11/11 - 09:44 pm
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I say tak'em out downtown and

I say tak'em out downtown and have a public execution. If we would start punishing these thugs, people would start to change their ways...

mikesaul
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mikesaul 05/12/11 - 08:16 am
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Gee... Can't imagine this

Gee... Can't imagine this would be one of these thugs, too can you?!?
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2010-05-16/teens-accused-...

fornerpeter
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fornerpeter 05/12/11 - 08:21 am
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This is why we need the death

This is why we need the death penalty. The tax payers of the State of Georgia will be paying for these two to have a roof over their heads and three meals for the rest of their lives.

paperwren
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paperwren 05/12/11 - 08:43 am
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This is one of the saddest

This is one of the saddest stories I've ever read. What kind of "men" would do something like this? I'm so ashamed of what our society is raising. Mr. Luckey's family is in my prayers.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 05/12/11 - 08:48 am
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Follower wrote; "Would you

Follower wrote; "Would you give them the credit they deserve?.... or possibly, an apology? If you have done so, please disregard my cynicism"

Follower, my comment was about how tax users stop the world and track down a tax user killer and don't apply the same manpower to tracking down a tax payer killer..

Work with CC EVERY SINGLE DAY to broadcast every picture they send to us world wide. My point was if the cops catch the killers when they are just killing or robbing taxpayers there won't be as many cop killers out there to kill cops. Very few criminals roll out of bed on their first foray and kill a cop. Most cop killers we have seen started out with small crimes and worked their way up to killing a cop. This is why it is so important to nip crime in the bud before it comes back to bite you in the butt.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/12/11 - 08:54 am
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For those questioning where

For those questioning where the ministers are....the church can only do so much. As so many on here like to tell us "Christians"....keep it to ourselves and don't force Jesus on them. Now you want to know where the preachers are?

All we can do is provide services within the church to attract young people to come hear the Word....you won't allow us into the schools and community to spread the Word of God so unless we stand on the street corners and witness, how do you suppose we can reach these "thugs"......oops, forgot, you don't want us on the street preaching the name of Jesus either.

And you want to know what is wrong with our society today.....

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/12/11 - 09:22 am
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Actually Crime Reports is

Actually Crime Reports is right....criminals start out with small crimes and work their way up to murder, etc...the kids that murdered this man have probably burglarized many homes in the area. Read back on some of the shooting that has been going on in the Hephzibah area in the last year and I bet they are connected. That's why they need to be nipped in the bud at the FIRST infraction, not the 3rd, 4th, or 5th. Most of the crimes committed in the area are being done by juveniles. And who do they send them to? The juvenile injustice system - where they get a slap on the hand and go right back out the door to repeat the offense again and again. It's like adding fertilizer to a weed.

lovebugg
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lovebugg 05/12/11 - 09:31 am
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@ brad owens .. being a young

@ brad owens .. being a young single mother has nothing to do with what these punks did!!!!!! Im a young mother & I can bet you all 4 of my children have more respect than most adults do!!!!!! It all depends on how you raise your children.. old & young alike can have children that do this kind of thing everyday!!!! So do not try to blame it on just the young mothers!!!!!

follower
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follower 05/12/11 - 09:43 am
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Sorry Crime. I didn't

Sorry Crime. I didn't understand the purpose of your post on the Gillette murder. Probably missed something in earlier post.

Thanks for clearing it up. ;)

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/12/11 - 10:06 am
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Many young males need strong

Many young males need strong paternal hands to guide them along "the straight and narrow." Would be extremely surprised if each of these young males had his father actively involved in his life.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/12/11 - 10:22 am
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Many factors are to blame to

Many factors are to blame to include absent fathers, these young women have baby after baby, get on the welfare system, fathers who knows where and don't give a crap....these young men have only negative role models. One young man I know lives at home with two older brothers who are both drug dealers, he is trying to do something with his life and the mother who knows that her sons are drug dealers doesn't care because they bring money home to her. That is the mentality today, get what you can for free and get the rest illegally, it doesn't matter. I commend RC they solve alot of cases and I hope they know how much the law abiding citizens of this area appreciate the hard work they do....

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/12/11 - 10:42 am
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I think most of the problems

I think most of the problems with young black males is the absence of a father or father figure in the home. But it's not the case with all of them. The kid who burglarized my home (and 5 other homes) lives at home with mom AND dad. It's the community too. What they are willing to accept and what the judges let slip in and out of the system.

Forethought
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Forethought 05/12/11 - 02:31 pm
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No matter who we think is the

No matter who we think is the blame here, only one group of people are responsible. That group is the four young men who decided to rob and murder the victim. Everyone who make decisions whether good or bad must be held accountable for their actions. On the other hand we can also point how society has failed them. All the way from the mother to the father to older mature adults who didn't step in. When does it stop. What turns a person into a criminal? I know of a family where the kids parents are married and brought up in a christian home but all three of the kids have been in trouble with the law and thus have serious criminal records. So go figure. It is the person themselves that make the life choice not society.

Forethought
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Forethought 05/12/11 - 02:32 pm
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No matter who we think is the

No matter who we think is the blame here, only one group of people are responsible. That group is the four young men who decided to rob and murder the victim. Everyone who make decisions whether good or bad must be held accountable for their actions. On the other hand we can also point how society has failed them. All the way from the mother to the father to older mature adults who didn't step in. When does it stop. What turns a person into a criminal? I know of a family where the kids parents are married and brought up in a christian home but all three of the kids have been in trouble with the law and thus have serious criminal records. So go figure. It is the person themselves that make the life choice not society.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/12/11 - 03:41 pm
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@Forethought...very true.

@Forethought...very true. Kids brought up in decent, Christian, law-abiding, and nourishing homes can be the worst kids.

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madgerman 05/12/11 - 03:57 pm
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I also meant to say, if we
Unpublished

I also meant to say, if we really want to stop the senseless killing, re-institute the Electric Chair. As a kid growing up in a large city, I can only remember a couple of murders a year and it was because people were scared todeath of dying in the old chair that provided some grisly scenes of a violent painful death. Maybe the arabs aren't our friends, but they sure know how to treat murderers.

monticelloboy
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monticelloboy 05/12/11 - 05:26 pm
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One of the young men who is

One of the young men who is an alledged murderer of the 81 years old man kicked me and his parent was notified. His parent alledged that i provoked him to kick me. On another ocassions, he spit on me and tried to blow mucus out of his nose on me. His father was present when this happened. His father got mad with me and stated you can't talk to my son like he is a grown man. His father wanted to fight me. Again, i provoked this young man to spit and blow his mucus on me per the parents. I wonder who provoked him to go in this 81 year old man's house and commit this tragedy. Will the parents convince the judge that this 81 year old man provoked their son to come in his house and assist with the murder of a disabled 81 years old man. We need to stop making excuses and get them help when we know that they need it. We know our children better than any one else.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/12/11 - 07:16 pm
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Monticelloboy...don't feel

Monticelloboy...don't feel bad....kid that burglarized my house and 5 other houses told the judge that he was 'enticed' by all the stuff I had in my LOCKED home so he felt the need to steal it. I have never in my entire life heard of anything as ridiculous as that in any court of law and had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming or in a terrible nightmare. Does this foolishness only happen in Augusta????

bclicious
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bclicious 05/13/11 - 02:58 am
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Thank God for the Seven

Thank God for the Seven Deadly Sins law in Georgia.

"Under current Georgia law, youth ages 13 to 17 may be tried as adults for allegedly committing one of seven crimes. The crimes, otherwise known as the "Seven Deadly Sins" include: murder, rape, armed robbery (with a firearm), aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and voluntary manslaughter."

The law that allows youth to be tried as adults is often referred to as "SB440".

edubb
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edubb 05/13/11 - 09:16 am
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Where are the leaders? They

Where are the leaders? They killed them. MLK, Malcom X, Huey P Newton were all calling on Black Men to be strong, be soldiers, and do the right thing. J Edgar Hoover made sure that NO Black Leader would come forward. Have your heard of COINTELPRO? On the other hand I have to call out my brothers for not raising their kids and making children out of wedlock. MEN STAND UP..STOP ASKING FOR HELP AND RAISE YOUR FAMILY AND BE STRONG. AMERICA will continue to FEED THE PRison INdustrial Complex with Black and Brown people..We have to change and do for self and avoid the system.. So NO I don't think MORE JAIL TIME IS THE ANSWER EITHER...REHAB AND OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND YOURSELF will make the youth feel welcome in society. Look how people talk about OBAMA and he is a standup family man.. America is sick all the way around from the Youth to the Adults in all races.

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