Charges in downtown Augusta beatings will go to grand jury

Three people charged in two brutal attacks in downtown Augusta, including one on a couple on Riverwalk Augusta, were in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

At the Richmond County Civil Court hearing, Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen ruled that probable cause exists for the grand jury to consider the possible indictment of Kevin D. Richardson, 21; Robey E. Moses, 21; and Domonique S. Hale, 19.

Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Brad Powell testified that he was working the night the first victim was found bloodied and dazed May 2. The victim said he didn’t remember what happened in the 500 block of Broad Street, but his wallet, phone and vehicle were missing.

The next night, Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesbee were attacked on the riverwalk by two men, one of whom used a short aluminum bat. Both victims suffered facial bone fractures, and Spires, who tried to protect Solesbee from the blows, suffered life-threatening head injuries.

Investigators had no witnesses or immediate physical evidence, Powell testified, but they got a phone tip that eventually led to a man who overheard a man he knew as “Kevin” bragging about the attack. The witness to the conversation identified Richardson in a photo lineup.

Investigators also subpoenaed Spires’ and Solesbee’s phone records, which led to another witness, who said Hale told her she and Moses were involved in the first attack, Investigator Brandon Beckman testified.

Beckman said Hale and Moses denied any involvement in the attacks, but Richardson told the detective that he was with Moses on May 3 when the couple were attacked. Richardson said Moses did the beating, and he left after one of Moses’ swings hit him in the head, Beckman testified.

The bat suspected of being used in the riverwalk attack has been recovered and sent for testing, Beckman said. None of the property stolen in either attack has been recovered, he said.

Richardson and Moses each face two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of robbery by force in the riverwalk attack.

Moses and Hale each face a charge of robbery by force in the Broad Street attack.

 

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