Originally created 01/16/97

Accomplice wants sentence reduced



The man who pleaded guilty to felony charges for his role in the disposal of a homicide victim is asking a judge to reduce his sentence, despite being sentenced to no jail time.

Augustus Williams was accused of helping attorney William Lumpkin move the body of Stan White, 64, from Mr. Lumpkin's downtown Augusta law office to Mr. Lumpkin's vehicle on Sept. 2.

Mr. Williams' attorney, Elizabeth Calhoun, filed the petition to reduce Mr. Williams' sentence Friday in Richmond County Superior Court. In November, Mr. Williams, 47, was sentenced to five years probation and was fined $1,200 upon his plea to hindering the apprehension of a criminal and theft.

"I can't imagine why that was filed," said District Attorney Danny Craig, who declined to comment further on the defense motion. Mr. Craig recommended Mr. Williams receive a probation sentence.

Ms. Calhoun did not return two messages Wednesday.

Investigators believe Mr. Lumpkin killed Mr. White, a Martinez Realtor who owned Mr. Lumpkin's Evans home, at his law office Sept. 2. Mr. White's body was found three days later in the Savannah River near Allendale, S.C.

Mr. Williams was originally charged with the misdemeanor offense of concealing a death, but in October the charge was upgraded to the felony offenses. According to the indictment against him, Mr. Williams committed theft by taking Mr. White's 1991 Infiniti from Mr. Lumpkin's office to Evans. He also was accused of hindering Mr. Lumpkin's arrest by helping him dispose of Mr. White's body.

Mr. Lumpkin was arrested Sept. 9 on murder charges. He has been held in jail without bond since his arrest and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial date hasn't been set.