Arrest made in Augusta New Year's Day homicide

Deontre Alvez Hubert had been charged with murder.

Richmond County sheriff’s investigators said Friday they suspect that the man they arrested in a fatal New Year’s morning shooting was firing at someone else when his bullet hit the victim.

Lt. Calvin Chew said Deontre Alvez Hubert, 18, of the 500 block of Richmond Hill Road West, was taken into custody late Thursday and charged with murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. He is charged in the slaying Tuesday morning of Edward Yancey, 21, at Club Fiescos on Peach Orchard Road.

Chew said that Hubert knew the victim but that Yancey wasn’t the intended target when Hubert fired into the club from the parking lot. Yancey was standing next to people at whom Hubert was shooting, Chew said.

Although investigators are still working on the case, they believe the gunfire resulted when one group of people confronted another at the club after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Hubert, who has no criminal record in Richmond County state or superior courts, is being held in jail.

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