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2 Augusta men acquitted of assault charge

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 2:28 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:51 AM
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Two men accused of aggravated assault for wounding an Augusta man in a drive-by shooting were acquitted of all charges Wednesday.

Richard J. Mills, 20, and Marion I. Daggett, 20, were each charged with aggravated assault and a weapon charge in the July 13, 2012 shooting of Shawn B. Doby Jr., 21.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday before returning the not guilty verdicts.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/11/13 - 04:10 pm
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Overconfident?

After the 20-year sentences awarded by Judge Annis in the Katherine Heath case and the Scott Dean case, is the District Attorney getting lax in thinking that some actual evidence is no longer required for a conviction?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/11/13 - 04:32 pm
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Seems like the juries just

Seems like the juries just refuse to convict nowadays. This is the second not guilty verdict I have seen today. I wonder if the DA's are that bad, or are the demographics of our juries just making it impossible to convict certain types of defendants.

mc
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mc 12/11/13 - 06:14 pm
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What's the point!

They were probably thinking, what's the point. They will just let them out in a month to do the same thing again.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/11/13 - 06:25 pm
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mc

and just think, you or member of your family may be next!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/11/13 - 06:26 pm
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While I may be agree with the jury

The fact they got a trial and walked speaks how far the South has come in 50 years. It is also why I hate seeing jerks at the drop of a pin, Whip out the Race card, and head for the court house steps with a Reverend.

Speaking of Court House Steps and Reverends.

What ever happen to that Female Lawyer's case from Cracker Barrel and $,$$$$.00 Diamond Ring she was caught trying to PAWN that was not hers?

LCC0256
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LCC0256 12/11/13 - 07:15 pm
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50 years ago...

i was living here and my uncle was prosecuting cases in this judicial circuit noc noc...and let me tell you he would NOT and DID NOT prosecute those he believed to be innocent. Nor did he allow any "railroading" of the innocent without a trial....He was independent of the strong armed judges of the day and was not aligned with any party.. the FACT of the matter is he was known ALL OVER THE STATE OF GEORGIA as a man of unimpeachable character, brilliant legal mind and a heart for the less fortunate. His helping of the poor was as famous as his oratorical skills... He left political office after FIFTY YEARS of service to this community (as what was then called "Solicitor General") no wealthier than we he assumed office. What does that tell you...

And oh by the way Augusta saw fit to honor a man (who was NEVER KNOWN for any legal brilliance or tremendous jurisprudence from the bench) who happened to be a co- counsel on a famous "civil rights" lawsuit that is still costing this community millions of dollars a year by naming the new judicial center after him...My uncle? a man who HELPED THOUSANDS of people in this area black, white rich poor....well he was forgotten. But we are talking about a town who politically has been the laughing stock of the state for most of my adult life..and a town that let a man name aziz take the name away of THIER university...so the pathetic nature and political cowardice of elected officials that has existed here during most of my adult life seems to bear out the famous statement by "reverend" wright..."Augusta your chickens are coming home to roost" how is that for political irony..lmao...so noc noc please dont say things about the THIS judicial system when you dont know what you are talking about...it is better to remain silent and have those think you a fool than put pen to hand and remove all doubt...

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willie Lee 12/11/13 - 08:43 pm
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I was There!
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I was able to sit in on both trials for a short while and from the beginning on one and information gleaned on the other, not only were the assistant D.A.'s incompetent, but law enforcement got twisted up on their own lies and got caught making inconsistent statements about both cases. Fair and even handed prosecution presents the facts, and only the facts without trying to put a spin on the story which does not address reality. Here the educated lawyers and the ego minded cops both got caught literally fabricating evidence or might I say, trying to fabricate a recital that did not match the facts. The jury saw through the ruse and rendered a just verdict on both cases. Ashley Wright needs to seek another profession as her reputation has suffered today.

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AutumnLeaves 12/12/13 - 12:42 am
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hmmm. A short while, huh?

hmmm. A short while, huh? Curious.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/12/13 - 08:57 am
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willie lee

Thanks for shedding some light on this verdict.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 12/13/13 - 08:26 am
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To AutumnLeaves
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Curious, I can understand. Being retired gives one more time than needed so I occupy a back row at the courthouse a few days a month just as an observer. Just something to do. I go unnoticed with very few individuals even acknowledging my existence. After 40 years on the other side of the fence in other states, this allows me to watch and listen without the drama of having to participate. It is amazing how much one can learn by simply watching and listening to the case unfold. And it is very entertaining. Someone long ago said a “court room is like a prize fight in slow motion”. The way a witness stammers at a simple question or becomes uneasy with the turn of events lets one draw their own conclusions as to the truthfulness of the statements offered. What was rather entertaining and the downfall of one case was law enforcement’s report which quoted one of the accused, but was prepared prior to the event happening. 9or non-happening) Rather damaging to the state wouldn’t you say and shows the complete lack of candor to the court by the D.A.’s office and law enforcement. In other words, they lied. When a jury hears one lie, then the question is asked, “what is the truth” which by my definition is more than reasonable doubt. The cases should have never been brought to court. (Just my Opinion) Unfortunately, prosecutors are given unlimited immunity for what ever they do, which means, they can lie you into jail and you have no personal recourse.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/14/13 - 12:36 pm
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NOC Reply

Actually having been raised here 57+ years ago and having been deeply involved in Politics and Campaigns in the 70-80's. Plus lent a hand to a few campaigns recently. I do have, and have seen some behind the scenes stuff that was and still is not public knowledge.

BUT you should actually reread my Comment carefully.
You might notice it says
"...how far the

South

has come in 50 years. "

It does not point to AUGUSTA or Richmond Co. it says clearly
THE SOUTH and yes THE SOUTH was Racial Hornets nest 50+ years ago.
That is how far we have come in 50 years.

I am sure you are misunderstood
Otherwise you would be saying there has been NO Racial progress in the South in the last 50 years?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/14/13 - 12:37 pm
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BTW:

Judge Cooper and Judge Kerr were 2 of the finest Judges in Richmond County.

Sam Sibley was one of the best DA's this county has had in the last 50 years ago.

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