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Homicides down sharply from this time last year

Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:33 PM
Last updated Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:06 AM
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More than three months into 2013, Richmond County homicides stand at one, which occurred just two hours into the new year.



This time last year, police had investigated 12 homicides. 2012 ended with 32.

Though it’s difficult to pin increases and decreases in homi­cides on certain factors, Sgt. Billy Leisey said this year’s drop could have to do with an increase in overall police presence.

The new administration of Sheriff Richard Roundtree reorganized the road patrol to put more officers on the streets, and out-of-town deputies are brought in every week to assist in Operation Thunder.

The three-month operation, which began in mid-February, focuses on driving offenses, but police said the effect might have been larger than they imagined.

“Just because there is so much police presence, that might have something to do with it,” Leisey said. “You bring that many police in, and you’re bound to see (an effect).”

This year’s only homicide occurred about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1 when Edward Yancey, 21, was fatally shot at Club Fiesco, 2925 Peach Orchard Road.

The case was solved two days later when police arrested Deontre Alvez Hubert, 18, on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Police said that the suspect knew the victim but that Yancey wasn’t the intended target when Hubert fired into the club from the parking lot. The investigation revealed that Hubert fired at a person standing nearby.

“We’ve got to attribute (the drop in homicides) to the guys that are out there every day,” Leisey said of the deputies.

Aiken Public Safey’s only homicide of the year also just barely occurred in 2013.

Joseph Brown, 22, of Aiken, was shot on Fairfield Street the evening of Dec. 31, 2012, but he did not die until 4 a.m. Jan. 1. Jamar Nicholas White, 28, of Aiken, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said it’s the only homicide that has occurred in Aiken County this year.

Columbia County has not had a homicide this year.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/14/13 - 05:16 am
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An Amazing Statistic

Richmond County's turn-around with the homicides is an amazing statistic. What some of us said about community policing putting a police presence in the community is obviously working. Officers that are seen and known to the people affect all types of crime including domestic murders in addition to the gang related ones. Kudos to the RCSO and hard working community policing officers.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 04/14/13 - 05:59 am
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I hope it stays this way
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I hope it stays this way

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/14/13 - 06:36 am
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Agree with both above comments

But it is strange to note, that with record Gun Sales in the last year, we are having a lower number of Armed robberies, shootings and murders?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/14/13 - 06:51 am
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Give credit too

Thank you RCSO....you are doing something right....keep it up!

KSL
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KSL 04/14/13 - 10:10 am
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Nocnoc @ 7:36

Exactly what I was going to comment.

angela803
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angela803 04/14/13 - 01:53 pm
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Deontre Alvez Hubert

Your article states that the case of Edward Yancey was solved within two days when Deontre was arrested ,if you researched your information correctly you would know that yes he has been arrested and charged,but he has not been arraigned as of this date or been to trial in this case .You also quoted in your very first article on this case that police said" Deontre didnt know the victim"...but per your article today you say police said 'Deontre knew the victim but was shooting at someone nearby".... which one is it? all im saying is before you post articles pertaining to people meant for the public eye to see .make sure its fact not fiction. Thank you very much,Deontre Huberts Mother

angela803
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angela803 04/14/13 - 02:00 pm
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Deontre Alvez Hubert

Your article states that the case of Edward Yancey was solved within two days when Deontre was arrested ,if you researched your information correctly you would know that yes he has been arrested and charged,but he has not been arraigned as of this date or been to trial in this case .You also quoted in your very first article on this case that police said" Deontre didnt know the victim"...but per your article today you say police said 'Deontre knew the victim but was shooting at someone nearby".... which one is it? all im saying is before you post articles pertaining to people meant for the public eye to see .make sure its fact not fiction. Thank you very much,Deontre Huberts Mother

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AutumnLeaves 04/14/13 - 09:26 pm
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I wondered about that, too.

I wondered about that, too. How can a case be considered solved until it is proven in court?

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