Teen charged as adult in fatal Wednesday shooting

An Augusta teenager facing murder charges will be charged as an adult in connection with a robbery attempt Wednesday evening, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Verdre Lamont Scott, 16, of the 2500 block of Gerbing Road, has been committed to the Regional Youth Detention Center on felony murder charges.

Police were called to the 2300 block of Amsterdam Drive around 9:40 p.m. and found the body of Martez Stephon Davis, 16, of the 3600 block of London Boulevard. He had been shot at least once.

According to a news release, Davis and Scott were attempting to rob 17-year-old James Erik Gibbons Jr. in a backyard on Amsterdam Drive. Police believe Davis fired a shot, hitting Gibbons in the leg. Gibbons, who was also armed, returned fire, fatally hitting Davis.

Gibbons, of the 2200 block of Sasser Lane, is receiving treatment for his injuries but faces charges related to the theft of a truck from the Sprint Food Store at 2202 Gordon Highway minutes before the shooting.

The homicide is Richmond County’s 31st of the year.

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