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Riverwalk Augusta beating suspect says he's innocent

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:58 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:37 AM
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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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KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 04:10 pm
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If you are going to hang with

If you are going to hang with the wrong people, be prepared to suffer the consequences. Just why were they walking around with a metal bat on Riverwalk at that hour? Or any hour, for that matter.

Pops
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Pops 05/22/13 - 03:20 pm
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What in the world

did he think they were gonna do with the bat at that time of night?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/22/13 - 04:03 pm
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Punks at Riverwalk

metal bat - "to protect themselves" - chain gang - not TV, served meals and air conditioned facilities. Pink overalls, underwear and tents - I wish they would initiate it all over the USA!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/22/13 - 04:17 pm
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Run & hide

Why run & hide if innocent?

I will say Rtree has been bringing in the punks...but they just keep coming.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 04:37 pm
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Question

If he is innocent of the horrific beating, why not run away and turn his companion in? Pretty lame to have fled the area, asked for money from friends, and hid out for days after the guilty bud was arrested?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/22/13 - 04:38 pm
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Wasn't he quoted as saying "I

Wasn't he quoted as saying "I need to get some money" before they went out on the prowl? Sounds premeditated to me.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 04:39 pm
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But give him credit

For cleaning up from the time of the first mugshot to the latest.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/22/13 - 04:50 pm
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If you are middle class,
Unpublished

If you are middle class, white, and older than 21...it's understandable that some things would not just add up. Let the justice system do its job before jumping to conclusions.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 05/22/13 - 04:52 pm
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Guilty

Guilty is the first thing that comes to my mind. But since we are a people of rules and laws we have to watch this play out in court. Of course most people convicted of crimes say they are innocent. He will have a lot of people in jail to talk to about that situation. Yet the victims know the faces of their attackers and it will be settled. 10 to 1 he hopes to take a plea bargain.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/22/13 - 04:56 pm
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of course palmetto

If you are middle class, white, and older than 21... & pay your bills & don't look for others to take care of your babies & try to do the right thing & follow the law & stay out of jail & don't go to Riverwalk with a METAL BAT LOOKING FOR TROUBLE...on & on..GEEZ

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/22/13 - 04:58 pm
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Funny thing

I'm white & over 21 & don't feel guilty about a DANG thing!

If you do the crime I want you to do the time.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/22/13 - 05:07 pm
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I am so sick of some

Making excuses.....just heard of a terror attack in London....the man was BEHEADED with a machete.....now watch how some will post about that.....the man was walking back to his barracks.....a soldier ....minding his own business ..just like the folks on Riverwalk.....
What excuse will they come up for the beheaded man..

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/22/13 - 05:12 pm
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My point exactly, seenit.l
Unpublished

My point exactly, seenit.l If he did the crime, he should do the time. Does anyone recall that he did turn himself in in Indiana?? Could it be, perhaps, he did so after being assured that his "companion" that night was in custody?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/22/13 - 05:15 pm
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Well let us give him credit

hahah...you are funny palmetto....It has been said by the radio guy the reason he turned himself in is because many members of his family would end up in jail for assisting him...in other words ..their family reunions would be spent in prison.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/22/13 - 05:19 pm
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I can't post anymore

I can't relate to you palmetto...I'm stopping before I say something REALLY UGLY....keep this in mind...

2 PEOPLE WERE BEATEN WITH METAL BAT/ROD....they were sitting on a bench--minding their business..

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/22/13 - 05:31 pm
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You don't need to relate to
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You don't need to relate to me, seenit. Because if you draw conclusive conclusions (is that redundant?) from what you read in the newspaper and hear from the radio guy, we really don't have much to discuss.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 06:04 pm
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And they didn't have the

And they didn't have the money demanded of them. When we walked the Riverwalk, we didn't carry money with us.

Both of these losers who attacked the couple have failed to be properly socialized. They both deserve to be locked up for a very long time.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 05:40 pm
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Pal, this guy was the first

Pal, this guy was the first one to be identified, and he ran. Technically he is not guilty until tried abd convicted. That does not mean he is not guilty. And if by the slim chance he was not involved at all, and he ran, he is too stupid to be on the streets.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/22/13 - 06:00 pm
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KSL, hypothetically, if I was
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KSL, hypothetically, if I was accompanied by an accomplice who beat the pulp out of a couple for no reason whatsoever, I would run, too. It's no telling what he'd do to me if I ratted and he wasn't in secure lock-up.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/22/13 - 06:08 pm
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He must
Unpublished

be part of the obama administration.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/13 - 08:23 pm
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Wow

(updated only to correct broken link)

He says he is innocent ...

Did any one see that coming☺.

“I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Richardson said of beating of a couple out for an evening walk." Yep, that is why he changed his appearance fled 1100 miles to hide.

A total image makeover

Gone are the dread locks, facial hair and etc...

Heck I wouldn't doubt he shows up dressed in 3 piece suit with a
bible or Qur'an to court.

Look at the Chronicle posted before and after both pictures, the contrast is amazing.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-05-15/riverwalk-beat...

Next come the Reverends professing he is innocent.
A court house steps protest with singing, a 30 min sermon, few prayers and a push for defense fund donations.

At some point his Baby Mama, or own mama or both will say he could not have done it and he is a good person.

Have I missed anything?

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 06:10 pm
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My point pal, is that he

My point pal, is that he should have run for help as it was happening and reported his companion to the police right then. I was not speaking of his running after begging for money to help him make his getaway.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 06:28 pm
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What you must be saying is

What you must be saying is that you have knowledge somehow of how danderous these punks have become. I am not impugning you at all, but I am generations away from knowledge of how brutal young people have become. It is hard for me to understand how the poor people who worked and managed with a lot less as opposed to LBJ's Great Society thee creep that came under the rest of the administrations.

This country has a real serious problem now. In a lot of situations now, the folks staying home and receiving the benes afforded them actually are financially better off than people who are working. That statement comes from the government.

There is just something wrong with that.

Poverty should be uncomfortable enough for people to strive to better themselves.u you and to set aside money for the future rather than living it up in the current moment.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 06:36 pm
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No, noc

You pretty well summed it up. That just goes to show me how morality and ethics have sunk to new lows. Right and wrong and punishment generally took place at home before bad behavior escalated to the point of encounters with law enforcement.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/22/13 - 08:55 pm
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KSL, 21 year-old black men do
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KSL, 21 year-old black men do not perceive law enforcement to be "user friendly." Whether it be real or just perceived, it is reality to them. Particularly, since this man is most likely SOMEHOW involved, it could have scared the crap out of him that his companion beat the couple rather than taking off running when there was no money to be had. We DON'T know, is my total point. Strong-armed robbery and aggravated assault and battery are separate offenses for a reason.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/13 - 08:22 pm
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Well the link that worked 1.5 hrs ago is dead?

that showed before and after use to work ????

Now Try

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-05-15/riverwalk-beat...

it worked ar 8:21pm????

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/22/13 - 09:28 pm
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I'm waiting for the pictures

I'm waiting for the pictures of Kevin from when he was only 14 years old - aka Trayvon Martin style!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/22/13 - 09:48 pm
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Given the recent comments,
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Given the recent comments, I'm convinced that no black man has ever received a truly fair trial in Augusta, GA, even in the year 2013. I continue to be, for the 21 years I've lived in this area, both frustrated and fascinated by the intersection between lingering racial prejudice and sub-par educational achievement

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 11:41 pm
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Wrong, pal

You cannot keep giving a segment of our society a pnass. They have been afforded all of the benefits the rest of us have had. Even more. Actually young black men have been given stupendous opportunities. They have failed. Just check out the crime statistics.

KSL
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KSL 05/22/13 - 11:54 pm
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He has had not had his trial

He has had not had his trial yet. How can you say it is not going to be fair? Anyone white, black, red, yellow, green, purple, or striped is going to have the same trial. Now his cedibility is damaged by his actions. That does help with the innocent until proven guilty. There have been plenty of people who went throygh the court system who were obviously guilty in the eyes of witnesses or on camera. Do not criticize the public of using their eyes to recognize guilt when they see it, in those cases.

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