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2 charged in Hephzibah slaying

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 5:09 AM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 12:39 AM
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The two suspects in the city’s most recent homicide lived with the victim.

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“It was not random,” said Sgt. Jason Vinson, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Autopsy results Thursday revealed that the victim, 48-year-old Michael T. Wickert, died of blunt and sharp force injuries.

Leslie Blair, 41, and Joseph Leon Guerrero, 33, were arrested late Wednesday night.

They are charged with murder, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and theft of a motor vehicle.

Officers searched the woods near the crime scene around Keron Way in Heph­zibah throughout Wednesday night and continued the search for the victim’s white 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 after daylight, the sergeant said.

Blair and Leon Guerrero have given statements, but Vinson said the sheriff’s office is not yet releasing details nor a possible motive for Wickert’s slaying.

Detectives are still deep into the investigation, and charges against other people are possible, Vinson said.

Drugs charges are pending against Blair in Columbia County, according to court records. She was arrested on charges of possessing methamphetamine and other narcotics March 6,
2010.

Staff Writer Bianca Cain Johnson contributed to this article.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/06/12 - 07:04 am
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A South Side life has been brutally taken.

Justice will not be served, if convicted and just given Life Sentences without parole.

For Justice to be served, the sentences of these 2 should be no less than the results of their actions. DEATH.

Remember if the RCSO gives the DA a good case, it will up to our elected DA, whether to go for Life or a Death Sentence.

Waymore
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Waymore 12/06/12 - 07:47 am
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And then it is up to the

And then it is up to the Richmond County jury to make sure that the death penalty is handed down....but, we all know how that goes..

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/06/12 - 08:53 am
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Mike deserved better...

He was too nice for his own good...always was. Very quiet, unassuming guy back in the day. He had a unique face that made him look like he was a good guy in a Dr. Suess book.

He deserved a better, longer life. Very sad.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/06/12 - 09:26 am
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Well said....

He deserved a better, longer life. Very sad.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/06/12 - 11:42 am
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There is a link

between the Murder and the Victims and the location.
Which tied in with the Not Random remark.

The update removed the name, but checking True Citizen Obituaries will still pull it up.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/06/12 - 12:31 pm
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Another murder

the world is such a cruel place. Condolences to the family of this victim - and a huge thank you to the Richmond County Law Enforcement Division for finding the murderers in such a quick way. Living with the subject they murdered they really should be punished to the fullest extent. How low can you get?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/06/12 - 03:42 pm
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consider murder a way of life and refuse to consider the death penalty for one of their own. Life without parole is the best verdict honest citizens can expect from a jury of "their" peers.

ROBIN TURBERVILLE
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ROBIN TURBERVILLE 12/07/12 - 07:44 pm
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Its really ashame that this

Its really ashame that this world has come to this. Leslie was a long time friend of Mike's its hard to believe that she has sunk so low to have done this. There are so many victims in this tragedy. Mikes family and Leslie's children what a horrible thing that has happened. She was a neighbor of mine many years ago but still I think they should have to pay for what they have done. There are no excuses not even drugs to excuse taking anothers life. I pray that god has mercy on their soul...
And I will continue to pray for their families.

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