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Augusta man shot, killed at hotel

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 4:14 PM
Last updated Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 9:37 PM
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Authorities say an Augusta man was shot and killed early Sunday at a hotel.

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Ralph Harrell, 40, was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and later died at Scottish Inn at 1079 Stevens Creek Road about 1:25 a.m., Richmond County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said.

Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s deputies were called to the hotel at 12:44 a.m., Sgt. Monica Belser said. Investigators have no one in custody in the case and no description of the shooter.

The video at right shows the murder suspect walking with an unknown white male just before the murder occurred.

Richmond County Investigators are seeking the publics assistance in identifying the black male who is the murder suspect and also the white male who is person of interest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or Sgt. Dan Carrier, of the criminal investigation division, at (706) 821-1040.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/29/13 - 10:47 pm
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Not good

One of the seedier hotels along Washington Road where lots of "adult" activities go on, but there are very few murders in that area. Tragic for the guy. Wonder what happened? Stay tuned, folks.

Talktothehand
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Talktothehand 12/30/13 - 05:17 am
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Drugs, prostitution or both!

The new "downtown" is closer to your home that you think…
WAKE-UP!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/30/13 - 09:09 am
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Augusta is moving up to the Big League.

For a population of 200K with 19+/- so far that is about
9.5 per 100,000 and much better than many cities.

While well over the US national average of 5.# per 100,000. Atlanta was running 19 per 100,000 in 2012. The Georgia average per 100,000 was recently 7.5 on a state average.

I wish to say something nice about President Obama.
Looks like all those guns and Ammo bought up by citizens when he allowed attempts to to ban them is helping.

redfish
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redfish 12/30/13 - 10:04 am
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Sounds like good news to me...

If the "victim" is the criminal nocnoc thinks it is, this seems like good news to me. Another useless thug taken out. I hope to see more stories of criminals being killed in the future.

levarahlee
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levarahlee 12/30/13 - 10:50 am
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Heartless

My uncle Ralph was not a thug. He was in the procss of changing his life around. Shame on you all for judging the next person. My uncle wasn't a saint but he wasn't a monster neither. SO PLEASE ANYONE, IF YOU HAVE A HEART, CONTACT THE AUTHORITIES IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING! R.I.P UNCLE ANDY. I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU OR HOW YOU CAME TO MY RESUE WHEN I NEEDED YOU! I LOVE YOU

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 12/30/13 - 11:44 am
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@levarahlee...9:50am

To The niece or nephew pleading for information, I am sorry that you were subjected to a couple of callous comments about your relative. Our Sunday sermon on yesterday reminded us that we all have a chance to turn a page and make a new beginning. The minister said that we all have a past, some more destructive than others. Let those who make harsh comments remember that it is by the grace of God that they have been spared, not by their own worthiness. Our life actions do have consequences; use your relative's life as a lesson for good, go forth and sow good seeds in his memory of what he was or WHO HE COULD HAVE BEEN had he lived to make the complete turn around.

I wish your family the best.

Christ_is_love
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Christ_is_love 12/30/13 - 01:01 pm
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@Noc Noc and redfish, so what

@Noc Noc and redfish, so what my Andy did in his past means he deserved to be gunned down? Noc Noc, you went to all that trouble to look up his criminal history, what about reading it, you don't see anything else on his record after he did his 20 years. Everybody is an ex-something, even Y-O-U. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" John 8:7. He was a very young man when he made that mistake, as do man young people; some pay for their mistakes while others get away with them. Please know this, he had family members that are hurting and for to judge is really sad. One finaly thing, you better hope that God doesn't judge your life like you judge others.

jus sayin'
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jus sayin' 12/30/13 - 01:45 pm
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NocNoc & Redfish

SHAME ON U BOTH!!! His family is grieving. Keep your negative comments to yourself!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/30/13 - 03:04 pm
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Pointing out the victim

had an extensive felony conviction record and had just recently finished serving a 20 years sentence for 5 of those 11 arrests was likely insensitive, I agree.

But it is a fact, now acknowledged by the females posting relative.

It also opens bigger questions into the investigation of what happened and who may have been involved. Has it not?

Now we see it might be have another released inmate seeking revenge or ravel prison gang hit. It opens the paths to the very info that is being sought. Background information generates leads, leads generate suspects, suspects can be questioned.
Questions narrow down suspects to persons of interest.

BTW:
FLAG this all you want, have the truth deleted if it bothers you.
I am not judging.... I am stating facts.

Like what happened on 3-18-2013 with the "Order to Show Cause" that might even generate clues.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 12/30/13 - 03:06 pm
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Dear Lord, Give us all

Dear Lord,
Give us all perfect families such as the ones to which nocnoc and redfish belong.

My Sunday School teacher says that you can do the impossible.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/30/13 - 04:50 pm
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Truth Matters

doesn't Truth Always Matter?

If we lived totally by frequently misquoted "Judge Not" statement;
Child Molesters, Rapists, robbers, murders would roam the streets.

USING THE WAY THAT TOO MANY HAVE TAKEN IT OUT OF CONTEXT.
No one would go to jail because we can't find Perfect Judges, juries and witnesses.

Presenting FACTS is not Judging.
I'll repeated that for you ----Facts, is NOT Judging.

When quoting the bible verse MATTHEW 7:1-5:
Also look at verse 6, and 13-15 to see that Christ actually instructs them to make judgments!

So the verse that is to often misused really says Do Not be hypocritical in judgment or judge something for something of which you are also guilty.

A few more that cover judging righteously.
JOHN 7:24: "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

LUKE 12:57: "Yea, and why not even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?"

PSALM 37:30: "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment."

PROVERBS 31:9: "Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."

Yes I am be cold and callus when it comes to investigations and facts. But that is the way it must be for justice.

To the Niece

Believe it or not I would ask you to share how he was turning around.
Share why he was in the 2nd floor hotel room, make his story of redemption personal. Letting the public know more about him replaces a name in the paper with a human being that was changed, would greatly help the case.

I sincerely ask, Tell us more about his life since leaving prison.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 12/30/13 - 05:34 pm
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Nocnoc, I went back to

Nocnoc,
I went back to re-read my post. First, I accused no one of judging.

You may answer this question on this page or in your own heart: What was the impetus for sharing this information at this time on the heel of family members pleading for assisting?

I don't know you or your heart, and make no claim to read your mind but I question if the motivation behind sharing such information was to edify the heart-sick over the loss of a loved one.

You know, I heard a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley once and he shared that gossip is telling what might be true but doing so with malice intent. So it is not a matter of whether the info you shared, all of which I am sure law enforcement already knows since you were able to find it in a database, is true, it is the motivation for sharing.

You did acknowledge that sharing was perhaps insensitive and I am in agreement and will leave it there. Thanks for a civil exchange.

Have a Happy New Year.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/30/13 - 06:30 pm
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I stand with nocnoc

'Nuff said

Chyna72
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Chyna72 12/30/13 - 08:03 pm
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I ask that if anyone have

I ask that if anyone have negative comments about Andy please keep them to yourself.What does his crimimal backgeound have to do with any of you that post a negative comment?He served his time for what he did,so please if your not giving condolences to his family that is grieving don't comment at all. I send my deepest sympathy to his family. I pray that they get closurer. Amdy I love you and will never forget<3.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/31/13 - 08:15 am
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Given the 9:37pm Update & additional data

Jillian Hobday
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Jillian Hobday 12/30/13 - 10:39 pm
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NOCNOC

We have updated the story to include a description by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office of the suspect in the video.

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