Bond denied to Riverwalk Augusta beating suspect Kevin D. Richardson

Prosecutor describes attack

 

One of two Augusta men accused of taking part in the brutal beating of a couple out for a stroll on the riverwalk was denied bond Friday.

Kevin D. Richardson, 21, was denied bond in Richmond County Su­per­ior Court.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Stewart said a witness saw Richardson and Robey E. Moses, 21, in blood-splattered clothes and shoes the morning after the May 3 attack.

The two suspects told the witness that they admitted to beating Ashley Solesbee and Wes­ley Spires, the prosecutor said.

Solesbee and Spires were near the former site of Fort Discovery when two men approached and asked Spires whether they could borrow his cellphone to call for a ride, Stewart said. One tried to grab the phone from Spires, who struggled to keep it.

Moses had a metal baseball bat and hit Spires, Stewart said. The other man knocked Soles­bee to the ground and beat her, Stewart said.

Spires – who is still hospitalized in the intensive care unit – suffered more injuries because he
tried to shield Solesbee, Stewart said.

Spires suffered massive head trauma and numerous head and facial fractures.

Doctors had to remove a section of Spires’ skull because of the swelling caused by the beating, Stewart said.

Solesbee also suffered numerous head and facial fractures. She is constantly dizzy and in pain and might need surgery, Stewart said.

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