Riverwalk Augusta beating suspect says he's innocent

Kevin Devonte Richardson, 21

The second suspect in the brutal beating of a couple on Riverwalk Augusta proclaimed innocence Wednesday at his arraignment hearing.

Kevin D. Richardson, 21, made his first appearance in Richmond County Magistrate Court since law enforcement officers brought him back to Augusta on Tuesday.

Richardson left town after the May 3 attack, but surrendered last week to police in Elkhart, Ind.

“I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Richardson said of the beating of a couple out for an evening walk.

Richardson said Wednesday that it was his co-defendant, Robey E. Moses, 21, who was responsible.

Sheriff’s investigators charged both Richardson and Moses, who was captured in Newberry, S.C., soon after the incident, with two counts aggravated assault and two counts robbery by force in the attack on Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesbee about 11 p.m. May 3.

Both were injured when hit by a metal bat. Spires suffered a skull fracture and one hand was broken, according to the arrest warrant.

Assistant Magistrate Judge Steve Shepard said he was denying Richardson bond because he is a potential danger to the community.

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