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Woman shot at Gordon Highway motel

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:21 AM
Last updated 5:46 PM
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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were searching Tuesday for a man wanted in a fatal shooting at the Red Carpet Inn.

Jabali Jerome Howard  SPECIAL
Jabali Jerome Howard

According to Lt. Calvin Chew, deputies were called to the Gordon Highway motel about 12:30 a.m. where they discovered Courtney L. Bell, 23, had been shot. Bell, of the 3300 block of Tate Road, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. She died Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators are searching for Jabali Jerome Howard, 29, as a suspect.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Howard was sentenced in 2010 to five years in prison for cruelty to children, one year for simple battery and one year for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was released in January 2011.

Howard is described as armed and dangerous. Anyone with information may call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or (706) 821-1020 and may remain anonymous.

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soapy_725 04/30/13 - 06:32 am
Tuesday evening, we think not!!!!

Get your bulletins straight. Monday evening or Tuesday morning perhaps. Check with WJBF TV.

nocnoc 04/30/13 - 07:01 am
"... after being shot

"... after being shot overnight ....

overnight - definition - during or for the length of one night

That women must have a lot of bullet holes or was shot with a very slow bullet.

Sorry, needed a little humor this morning.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/30/13 - 08:10 am

Right, nocnoc. The reporter has no idea when the woman was shot. It could have been at dusk. It would have been more accurate to say “. . . after being shot at an undetermined time.”

Or perhaps “. . . after being shot at a yet to be estimated time.”

GiantsAllDay 04/30/13 - 08:57 am
"Last night" would suffice.

"Last night" would suffice.

JENNPAT 04/30/13 - 11:05 am
The Motel's on Gordon Hwy.

has a very bad names because of what all goes on there. there are alots of drugs plus everything eles Richmond county .Needs to claen these motles up there isn't anyway i would stay at one of those motels on Gordon Hwy.I would be afraid to go to sleep. Every time you turn around there is a shooting ot something If you stay at one of them you take your life in your on hand.

countyman 04/30/13 - 12:51 pm
Hotel vs motel

The hotels on Gordon Hwy between I-520/Barton Chapel don't have any problems. The only questionable motel left on Gordon Hwy is really the Red Carpet Inn. The one going towards 401 was completely renovated, and the motel across from Southgate was recently demolished. The Econo Lodge, Ramada Limited, Country Hearth Inn, etc are older too, but don't have the same frequent problems.

The Holiday Inn on Gordon Hwy is one of the nicest in the entire metro area. The new hotels built within the last few years are very nice. Fairfield Inn by Marriot, Comfort Suites, Value Place, etc...

I'm positive the newer hotels on Gordon Hwy get the majority of the action outside of downtown/West Augusta during Masters week.

The Fairfield Inn in front of the Holiday Inn(around $90 to $100) is probably close to $130-$150 per night.

The multi-million Hampton Inn(Hilton brand) under construction is another nicer hotel.

Darby 04/30/13 - 04:54 pm
This guy was sentenced to a total of seven

years in 2010 and he's out and on the streets in January of 2011????

Sounds like some politicians need to go to jail.

myfather15 04/30/13 - 09:30 pm
Thats the system for you. How

Thats the system for you. How frustrated do you think we law enforcement officers get when we work our butts off, put ourselves in harms way, to put these dangerous people away; then they serve less than one year on a 5 year sentence? It happens constantly. I've personally arrested people for numerous felonies; see them sentenced to 10 years, just to see them back on the streets in a year and a half; doing harm to others again.

But (For all the LP's) we wouldn't want to keep these non-violent offenders locked up in prison now, would we?

Would anyone like to bet this was drug related? Either it was about drugs or the suspect and victim were consuming drugs; any takers?

Young Fred
Young Fred 04/30/13 - 11:31 pm
I'm with Darby and myfather on this one...

Sentenced to 7 years in 2010 and out by 2011?! Why, for good behavior while in prison? Did he ever make it to prison, or was he simply in county lock-up?

Maybe it's time to have a citizens advocate sitting on the parole board. I know a mere citizen wouldn't have the necessary training of a LP to determine if this man posed a risk to society, but hey, this society that libweenies built dang sure needs some serious intervention.

Darby 05/02/13 - 10:38 am
Young Fred -

Something you just said struck a chord with me.

I just realized that while conservatives originally built this country, liberals are responsible for building the diseased culture and society we have today.

But we (the people) can change that! It's simply a matter of determination to battle ignorance with information.

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