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Wounded suspect charged in Aiken County gun store burglary

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 8:14 AM
Last updated 9:06 PM
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One of two suspects who survived a shooting by a store owner during a Belvedere gun store burglary Aug. 9 is behind bars.

Franklin Robinson, 27, of Gadsden, S.C., was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon following his release from Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Robinson has been charged with grand larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and first degree burglary.

The other suspect, 30-year-old Eddie Stewart, of Columbia, remains hospitalized but faces identical charges upon his release.

Aiken County sheriff’s authorities said Robinson, Stewart and K’Raven Aude Goodwin, 20, of Eastover, S.C., crashed a stolen van into the side of the gun store on Edgefield Road in Belvedere around 4 a.m. Aug. 9.

The shop owner, 57-year-old Stephen Bayazes, told deputies he woke to find the men loading guns into a van stopped inside his store.

After hearing the burglars threaten to shoot him, Bayazes said, he opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Stewart and Robinson fled in the van that had previously been reported stolen from New Vision Fellowship International in North Augusta. Police located the suspects at a Martintown Road Waffle House, where the suspects stopped to seek help for their gunshot wounds. All of the stolen weapons were recovered in the van.

Goodwin, who had been left by his fellow suspects at the gun shop, was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said the suspects will not be charged in the theft of the van because there were no witnesses to the crime.

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elyag0
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elyag0 08/16/12 - 09:17 am
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shooting

In most states if a suspect is shoot during a felony being committed, They are also charged with murder of their partner in crime if they die. These guys were not even from this area and would not have hesitated to kill the owner. He was just a better shot. The criminals are just getting out of hand. I hope anyone else's who is pondering a similar crime thinks 10 times before trying the same thing

DaddyFrog
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DaddyFrog 08/16/12 - 10:31 am
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Bad Guys--0

Good guys-3...bad guys-0. I can't believe that the robbers aren't being charged with stealing the van. It's not their van, they were in it, they used it to commit a crime. By the police reasoning if they had been caught with all the guns, and nobody had seen them steal them, the robbers couldn't have been charged.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 08/16/12 - 10:40 am
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Thats Bull!!
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At the very least it should be theft by receiving or w/e the charge is!!!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/16/12 - 12:17 pm
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Stolen van

Something is BAD wrong here!! Someone else stole the van and maybe gave it to them? Hardly!

Common.sense
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Common.sense 08/16/12 - 12:58 pm
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My faith in North Augusta

My faith in North Augusta Public Safety is dwindling ....

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/16/12 - 01:48 pm
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Come on guys...the church

Come on guys...the church they 'borrowed' the van from is on Martintown Road, too. Just like the Waffle House they stopped at for help. They were simply on their way back to return it! Right?

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/16/12 - 02:00 pm
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three of barry's kids....i
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three of barry's kids....i guess they or their moms/girlfriends can use thier ebt to bail them out and pay the hospital bills

grinder48
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grinder48 08/16/12 - 02:06 pm
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How Injured Were They?
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I've never sen a report on how badly these other 2 were injured in the shooting, anybody know?

Angie H
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Angie H 08/16/12 - 02:09 pm
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No witnesses to the crime?

No witnesses to the crime? They were driving a stolen van. The gun store owner saw them drive away in it. There's your witness!!

LemonJello
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LemonJello 08/16/12 - 03:03 pm
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I hope the two survivors feel

I hope the two survivors feel the pain of putting a 20-year old child in harms way and leading him to his death. Sure, that 20-year old was guilty and doing wrong...but the two idiots he was following and participating with are a big reason he is dead. They should be tried for murder in that man's death....no doubt. A person a mere 20-years old committing a crime like that is on the hands of those people that provide influence. Its sad.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 08/16/12 - 03:58 pm
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Lemon your argument makes no

Lemon your argument makes no sense. K Raven was a 20 year old MAN with a criminal history. He and he alone is responsible for his death.

LemonJello
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LemonJello 08/16/12 - 04:14 pm
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It makes plenty of sense.

It makes plenty of sense. Think it through. He was influenced by his peers. So he had a criminal history...as a product of his environment. His blood is on the hands of his accomplices. People have stated it above me. And sorry, but I know very few mature 20-year olds that aren't in the military. Physically, the guy was a man, but mentally speaking, he was a kid. This is true of MOST people that age. They are under the illusion of being an adult for the most part.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 08/16/12 - 05:59 pm
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No one forced that man to do

No one forced that man to do anything. He chose to burglarize the gun store. Quit trying to make excuses for scum like him.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 08/16/12 - 06:16 pm
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a product of his
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a product of his environment??? please.... so now it's everyone else's fault that this piece of "you know what" chose a life of crime and ended up paying the ultimate price for it???? i don't think anyone will buy that one !!!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/16/12 - 10:29 pm
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I’d like to commend the gun

I’d like to commend the gun storeowner for aiding the police in identifying the possible suspects

x58dav8r
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x58dav8r 08/16/12 - 11:03 pm
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Can he be charged with Murder?

I believe you folks are looking for 16-5-1
"(c) A person also commits the offense of murder when, in the commission of a felony, he causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice."

AnJo1
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AnJo1 08/17/12 - 12:03 am
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Felony murder

Why have these two not been charged with felony murder? It seems like an open and shut case.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/17/12 - 08:28 am
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@x58dav8r: It's been

@x58dav8r: It's been established that this is the law in Georgia, but this happened in South Carolina...

LemonJello
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LemonJello 08/17/12 - 04:56 pm
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I'm not making any excuses

I'm not making any excuses for anyone. All three should be dead. They were gangbangers and now Mr. B. has to worry about gang retaliation. ATF told Mr. B. that as a condition of future gang membership, new recruits could be asked to avenge the death of Mr. Raven. So, this could very well happen again in the same place. The other two idiots left Mr. Raven behind to die as he begged for help. I'm saying that I hope the survivors feel the pain of remorse for the youngest one dying. They should be tried for manslaughter in addition to all the other charges they face. I don't see how that is making excuses for anyone. All three of these clowns are the product of a culture that perpetuates these types of crimes. Its always the older gangbangers having influence over the younger ones...and its a vicious and sad cycle. And don't tell me that there is no proof they were in a gang. I've read the reports.

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