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Arrests made in Tuesday slaying

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 11:28 AM
Last updated 7:03 PM
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Two suspects were charged Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 64-year-old man on First Street. Seth Rouzan, 26, of the 100 block of McElmurray Drive, and Ronnie Pontoon, 15, of the 400 block of First Street, face murder and armed robbery charges in the Tuesday death of Joseph Williams Jr., police said.

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Investigators were called to an apartment parking lot in the 400 block of First Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday, where they found Williams, who had been shot. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he died about 6:30 p.m.

Williams’ killing was the 22nd homicide of the year in Richmond County.

According to court records and Augusta Chronicle archives, Rouzan was charged with murder and armed robbery in the Dec. 12, 2006 slaying of 39-year-old Jeffrey Labord, a city employee who was killed at his Doublegate home. Labord’s vehicle was also stolen.

Labord was a 19-year veteran of the Traffic Engineering Department, where he worked in maintenance, said Steve Cassell, then assistant director of traffic engineering. “It hit everybody with a lot of shock,” Cassell told The Chronicle in 2006.

Lahord also worked as a volunteer at Augusta Youth Center.

In 2007, a jury hearing Rouzan’s case could not reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.

Two years later, charges against Rouzan were reduced to voluntary manslaughter and burglary. He was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by 15 years’ probation, fined $2,500 and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service, according to court accounts.

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useful
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useful 08/23/12 - 03:14 pm
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Thank you RCSD for the quick

Thank you RCSD for the quick arrest. I pray that the fine officers will
stay and help to keep our sheriffs dept.among the best.

x58dav8r
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x58dav8r 08/23/12 - 04:24 pm
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So, Where is

Where is the charge for parol violation? Judges, have we learned our lesson about letting these criminals plead down and slaping them on the wrist or are you going to turn this dog loose again?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/23/12 - 04:39 pm
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What FOOL let someone who

What FOOL let someone who murdered somebody during an armed robbery plead down to manslaughter?????? And then another FOOL only gave him 5 years.

Folks, our prosecutors and judges have turned against us. When these murderers are turned loose on us to do it again, I accuse the prosecutors and the judges of being accomplices to murder. That is exactly what they are.....just as sure as if they had pulled the trigger themselves. When they work these little deals, for their convenience, to put murderers back on the streets they might as well make an appointment to kill one of your family members in a couple of years.

Little did Mr. Joseph Williams Jr. know that 6 years ago some sorry, good for nothing prosecutor and an equally sorry, good for nothing judge signed his death warrant. They are accomplices to his murder.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/23/12 - 04:59 pm
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dichotomy...they reduced
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dichotomy...they reduced charges to get the plea because they could not get a conviction the first time around....and it was apparently reasoned that the same thing would happen the next time due insufficient evidence.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/23/12 - 05:01 pm
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I ain't believin'
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no black man committed a murder, much less two.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/23/12 - 05:49 pm
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Yeh, they updated the article

Yeh, they updated the article with that little tidbit after I commented.

Okay, so they didn't think they could convict him of murder. Manslaughter is eligible for up to 20 years. Why ain't Rouzan still in jail until about 2026? Mr. Joeseph Williams Jr. would have appreciated the judge putting him away for as long as possible. They knew he was a murderer that pleaded down to manslaughter. Why not give him the max for manslaughter? Plea deals, when they are absolutely necessary, should NOT include sentencing deals.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/23/12 - 06:33 pm
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Have mercy, dichotomy. Over
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Have mercy, dichotomy. Over 90 percent of criminal cases are handled through plea deals. If not, the system would collapse and our tax bills would be even higher yet. And, the sentencing deal is the key to getting the defendant to plead guilty..the sure and known vs. the gamble and unknown.

TheVolunteer
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TheVolunteer 08/23/12 - 08:03 pm
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There was good evidence and

There was good evidence and plenty of good investigative work done on the Labord / Rouzan case. Shame it was turned over to a weak prosecutor..A Parks White or Natalie Spires would have gotten the murder conviction the first time.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/24/12 - 09:19 am
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Maybe they will do the right

Maybe they will do the right job this time and send him AWAY for the rest of his life. People like him should not walk among us. The jury was wrong. Following the link, Mr Labord looks to be a nice and decent person. Can't say the same for the killer.

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