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Several homicide cases remain unsolved

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:03 PM
Last updated 7:53 PM
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Nearly a third of this year’s homicide cases remain unsolved.

There have been 10 homicides in the county in the first six months of 2014, compared with nine at midyear of 2013, and three are unsolved.

Sgt. Paul Godden, a homicide investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, said forensic evidence could be the key they need to solve two of the three open cases.

All of the homicides last year except one – the June 11 shooting death of 39-year-old Yossarian Brooks on Massoit Drive – have been closed by arrests.

The first homicide of this year remains open and is awaiting forensic evidence to be returned from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Willie Aiken Jr., 34, was killed Jan. 13 at his home in the 400 block of Colorado Street from at least one gunshot wound.

“We’ve interviewed dozens of people in this case, but no one seems to know,” Godden said.

Aiken’s friends verified to investigators that he had been at the College Bowl on Laney-Walker Boulevard earlier that day before returning home, where he was shot. Neighbors told authorities they heard shots but didn’t see anything.

The killing is believed to be drug-related.

The remaining open cases occurred in vehicles.

The body of Gerald Clifford, 28, was discovered Feb. 8 with a gunshot wound in what deputies initially thought was a disabled vehicle on eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway near Mike Padgett Highway.

Godden said hundreds of people have been interviewed in the homicide, which has been deemed gang-related. The case is also awaiting results from the crime lab.

Antonio Counts, 28, of North Augusta, appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot in Augusta and later discovered in a wrecked vehicle in a ditch off U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta on April 8.

“We don’t believe he was the intended target,” Godden said.

A passenger in the vehicle, 34-year-old Donald Hill, was also shot but has not been forthcoming with information on the shooting, he said.

Although the men were found in North Augusta, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies picked up shell casings at the Broad Street ramp to Gordon Highway, making it an Augusta case.

Investigators are working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force in Aiken to obtain technical evidence that could lead to a suspect, Godden said.

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Pops 06/11/14 - 08:00 pm
Quit wasting time

and money on trying to find out who killed these people. It's obvious folks aren't willing to co-operate.

corgimom 06/12/14 - 07:18 am
Yeah, Pops, the police can't

Yeah, Pops, the police can't do much if folks aren't willing to talk.

nocnoc 06/12/14 - 07:24 am
Given the steady

but not overwhelming stream of shooting, murders and etc... that require GBI intervention.

Why not Budget $$$$$ for the GBI location on Phinzy road for a GA CSRA post-mortem examination and Evidence/Forensics training/working lab?

It sure would save $$$$ in just transporting bodies to a from ATLANTA and waiting days or weeks in some cases. Plus simplify the Chain of Evidence/Custody issues that are sure to arise sooner or later.

flipa1 07/26/14 - 10:46 am
If everyone had shared Crime

If everyone had shared Crime Stoppers 800-222-TIPS # since these murders they may have already been solved. The murderer, or murderers would not be able to kill cops, wives, children, employers, elected officials or reporters, etc…. But few shared Crime Stoppers number so you guys don’t have stacks of cash, and anyone could be murdered at any moment. If you know who or where these murderers may be PLEASE call the RCSO, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or TEXT/EMAIL your tips to Where you remain anonymous and un-murdered.

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