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A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in an apartment complex, authorities said Wednesday.

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Deputies respond to a shooting at the Bon Air Apartments, where they found Lawrence Singleton, 21, dead in a hallway.   Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Deputies respond to a shooting at the Bon Air Apartments, where they found Lawrence Singleton, 21, dead in a hallway.


At about 8:35 p.m., police arrested Jermaine Demetrius Mitchell in the parking lot of the Bon Air Apartments, where he lived with his mother, Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles wrote in an e-mail Wednesday night.

Mitchell was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and is being held at the Richmond County jail.

Officers believe the shooting stemmed from a recent fight between the two men that might have involved a dispute over drug territory.

Lawrence Singleton, of the 1900 block of Murphey Road, was shot at least once at the Bon Air Apartments, 2101 Walton Way, Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Deputies responded to a shooting call at 4:30 p.m. at the apartment complex. They found Singleton dead in the fifth-floor hallway, according to a release. Singleton's body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Augusta Lab today for an autopsy.

This is Richmond County's ninth homicide this year.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/08/11 - 09:07 pm
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Madness.

Madness.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 06/08/11 - 09:29 pm
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I have always wondered how

I have always wondered how the Bon Aire in Summerville became totally Section 8. No one seems to have the answer in these parts.

allhans
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allhans 06/08/11 - 09:47 pm
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Lori I would also like to

Lori
I would also like to know. It was once such a grand old place.

Chillen
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Chillen 06/09/11 - 08:41 am
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Changes to Section 8 Housing

Changes to Section 8 Housing (welfare housing/public housing) have been disasterous for society. Now, instead of the crime being concentrated in a small area, it is spread out like buckshot around the cities and counties. Making all areas a bit more dangerous.

I don't like it one bit.

Looks like Mr. Singleton already had a record. Probably another drug related incident. Too bad.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 06/09/11 - 10:14 am
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This is yet another reason

This is yet another reason why we don't accept section 8.

What's on his Record Chillen?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/08/11 - 10:54 pm
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Well, there is a Lawrence

Well, there is a Lawrence Singleton with two previous drug related convictions. So, you draw the conclusion, if it's the same Singleton.

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 06/08/11 - 11:08 pm
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Amen whyme! Anytime

Amen whyme! Anytime something like this happens Chillen and the usual suspects pounce with their "Another episode of the entitlement crowd and drugs ruining us" schtick. We don't know anything about this guy or why the shooting happened. So lets wait before we start judging and making assumptions about people/situations which we know nothing about it.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/08/11 - 11:11 pm
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"Officers believe the

"Officers believe the shooting stemmed from a recent fight between the two men that might have involved a dispute over drug territory."

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 06/09/11 - 10:24 pm
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It might be self defense at

It might be self defense at

"Bon Air Apartments, where he lived with his mother..."

Pu239
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Pu239 06/08/11 - 11:19 pm
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It's called a s-e-a-r-c-h you
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It's called a s-e-a-r-c-h you should try it sometime. Now that the article has been updated don't you just feel....uncool?

charliemanson
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charliemanson 06/09/11 - 07:59 am
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I wonder will Bon Air mgt fix

I wonder will Bon Air mgt fix the locks on those back-entrance doors, now?

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/09/11 - 08:19 am
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lol.. we call it like we see
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lol.. we call it like we see it....and guess what?..... we are right 99% of the time.......

curly123053
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curly123053 06/09/11 - 08:25 am
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It's sad that the government

It's sad that the government has allowed such a stately historic place to become what it is today. Thank you Augusta for allowing this !! This speaks volumes about your city.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 06/09/11 - 08:32 am
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The only information that I

The only information that I have ever been able to get concerning this property is that the Federal Gov't was involved so the citizens had no recourse. I have also heard that it was sneaked in with little fanfare. I would venture to say that if the residents of Summerville had known about this, they would never have allowed it, or would have at least challenged it. I'm sure there is someone out there who knows how all of this happened. The Bon Aire could have been a jewel for Augusta.

WW1949
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WW1949 06/09/11 - 08:55 am
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I think the company that owns

I think the company that owns the Bon Air also owns a Section 8 apartment complex on Hugh St in North Augusta and Cherry Tree Crossing.

WW1949
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WW1949 06/09/11 - 08:45 am
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The Bon Air started a

The Bon Air started a remodeling project at least 10 years ago to turn them into apartments and low income people started moving in.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/09/11 - 08:57 am
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Why is a 28 y/o man living
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Why is a 28 y/o man living with his mom in Bon Air?

curly123053
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curly123053 06/09/11 - 08:58 am
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@ Lori Davis, you are correct

@ Lori Davis, you are correct that the Bon Air could have been a jewel of Augusta. I remember bing there as a teen with my parents visiting someone and it was very nice. Almost every evening there was someone down playing the piano while others sat around on the sofas and all and talked. It was a very peaceful serene place back then. It's sad the government allowed this to happen to the Bon Air.

happychimer
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happychimer 06/09/11 - 10:27 am
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I thought it was suppose to

I thought it was suppose to be apartments for the elderly or handicapped, and no others. I know Peabody Apts. was a few years ago.

alinfun
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alinfun 06/09/11 - 11:04 am
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On a different note, that's

On a different note, that's two that won't be in the Bon Air again. A least one?

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 06/09/11 - 11:29 am
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In response to 'Lori Davis'.

In response to 'Lori Davis'. I believe, the company that owns the old Richmond Hotel, downtown, which is a 'section 8' housing facility owns the Bon Air. They must be the ones who allowed for total section 8 residents. When the Bon Air closed years ago and was then purchased by another firm, it was promoted to be a 'senior citizen' housing facility with residents being at least 55 years old but somewhere along the line its focus seems to have 'changed' and 'younger' residents were allowed. I don't know if the company who had the 'senior's only' requirement sold it to the current owners or if it is still the original company who just changed the requirements.

WW1949
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WW1949 06/11/11 - 11:26 am
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I would think that if you

I would think that if you were 55 and older living there and Section 8 started moving in then you would move out. Who wants to live there with all the precieved unruleyness of Section 8 people? Not me.

edubb
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edubb 06/13/11 - 02:57 pm
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Just because one is on

Just because one is on Section 8 it doesn't mean that you dont have integrity and morals. RIP to the young man

Jane18
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Jane18 06/23/11 - 10:36 am
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".....where he lived with his

".....where he lived with his mother". Do you notice they(these criminals) always live with their mother, grandmother, aunt, or their girlfriend(sometimes called fiancee')? These guys are bums, freeloaders, users, lazy good-for-nothings, drug dealers, thieves, and sometime murderers. It always boggles my mind as to why any woman would put up with these men(?).

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