Originally created 12/20/96

Metro area briefs - Two youths get life sentences



Two youths get life sentences

Two teen-age boys who murdered a 16-year-old friend received life sentences Thursday.

Carlton C. Fedrick Jr., 16, and Raymond A. Ramos Jr., 16, pleaded guilty to murder in Richmond County Superior Court. Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced them to life in prison and sentenced Mr. Ramos to an additional 10-year concurrent prison term upon his plea to carjacking.

The two teen-agers confessed to killing Jeremy E. Edwards, a Butler High School student reported missing Aug. 19, 1995. His remains were discovered Oct. 19 in Burke County. He had been shot multiple times in the head.

Mr. Ramos admitted that he shot Jeremy. Thursday, he apologized to the Edwards family and pledged to turn his life around. But Mr. Fedrick, although he also apologized to Jeremy's parents, denied participating in the killing and claimed Mr. Ramos threatened him into silence.

Police arrest suspect in hammer attacks

Investigators ended a week-long search for a hammer-wielding Hardee's bandit Wednesday night with an arrest at an Augusta motel.

Benjamin Franklin Harris, 17, of Richmond County, was arrested at the Royal Palms Motel at 10 p.m., said Investigator Frank Dodson of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Dodson said he received a tip on Mr. Harris' location from a confidential source.

Mr. Dodson said Mr. Harris has confessed to two attacks on customers in the men's restroom of the Hardee's restaurant on Belair Road. The first attack, on Dec. 6, was unsuccessful because the victim turned on Mr. Harris and retaliated, Mr. Dodson said.

During the second incident, which occurred on Dec. 12, Warren Moyle of Sugar Hill, Ga., was struck in the head with a hammer and his wallet was removed. The victim in the second attack was not seriously injured.

Mr. Harris has been charged with criminal attempt at armed robbery, battery, armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Man charged in stabbing death

Blackville police say they have caught the man who fatally stabbed a man Dec. 3, but still don't know the reason for the killing.

Brian Daniels, 20, of New York City, is charged with murder in the stabbing of John Walker, 44. He was stabbed in the heart several times, Chief Dale Sims said. Mr. Walker's body was found Dec. 11 near his home at Beaver Dam Apartments.

Sometime after the killing, Chief Sims said, Mr. Daniels stole a car from Denmark in Bamberg County, S.C., and was involved in an auto accident in Lexington County, S.C., Dec. 4.

Mr. Daniels was captured near Sumter, S.C., Dec. 13 and is being held in the Bamberg County Jail, Chief Sims said.

But police still don't have a motive, the chief said.

Mr. Daniels had been visiting relatives in Blackville at the time of the killing, Chief Sims said.

Prayer vigil set for Aiken church

The sponsor of a local program that offers advice and tutoring sessions for youths will hold a prayer vigil Saturday at First Baptist Church on York Street.

The vigil, "Women United Together for a Priceless Cause," will start at 6 p.m., said Beatrice "Ma Bea" Manning, founder of the Talk To Me program. Women are asked to wear white with purple ribbons and bring flashlights.

"Mothers are the hands that rock the cradle of the world. When you come together as a unit there's power in prayer cooperatively," Ms. Manning said Thursday about the prayer vigil for the future of children.

Vigil participants will meet outside the church, but the program will be inside. Guest speakers include Lee Cavanaugh, wife of Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, and Hazel Cadle, a retired school teacher.