Augusta woman, 34, slain; husband charged

Harvey James Mitchell

A woman is dead and her husband is in jail after a shooting at Cedar­wood Apartments early Sunday, authorities said.

Harvey James Mitchell, 31, was charged with murder. Police said he fled after storming into an apartment on Richmond Hill Road West and shooting his wife, Keya Mitchell, 34, about 1 a.m. Members of Mitchell’s family were in the apartment and directed police to her husband, authorities said.

Mitchell was found in the 1200 block of Johnson Ave­nue about 6 p.m., according to a news release from Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Leisey, and booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner John­ny McDonald said Keya Mitchell’s body will undergo an autopsy in Atlanta today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

He said he could not say how many times she had been shot without an autopsy.

According to the Georgia Depart­ment of Corrections, Mitchell has been incarcerated twice, for two months in 1999 for obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and for two years in 2006 for interference with government property.

Records show Harvey and Keya were married in June 2009.

This is the 21st homicide in Richmond County in 2012.

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