Originally created 09/05/97

Shootings kill 2 in Augusta



After nearly two months without a slaying in Richmond County, two people were killed in separate shootings Thursday night and a third was left fighting for her life in the hospital.

While Jeanell L. Parker lay in bed with her 5-year-old daughter about 10 p.m. at her Greene Street home, her estranged boyfriend, Hosea Mims, 30, burst through the front door with a rifle and shot her - possibly twice - in the head, said Richmond County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

Mr. Mims then turned the gun on himself. Police found him dead on the bedroom floor while Ms. Parker was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. She was reported in critical condition early today.

Ms. Parker's two sons, ages 9 and 11, followed Mr. Mims into the bedroom and witnessed the shooting, Chief Deputy Strength said. Ms. Parker's mother was in the home at the time, but she did not see the shooting. No one else was hurt.

The children were turned over to a family member.

Two hours earlier, Julius Culbreath, 42, was shot to death after police said he threatened several of his neighbors at an east Augusta apartment complex.

His body was found about 8:15 p.m. in the doorway of Edward Harris' apartment at Underwood Homes at 122 Kinchley Court, Chief Deputy Strength said. Mr. Culbreath, who received a 12-gauge gunshot wound to his chest, died later at MCG. Mr. Harris, 52, was charged with murder.

Mr. Culbreath had threatened Mr. Harris and other residents at the apartment complex earlier in the day, Chief Deputy Strength said.