Originally created 08/09/99

Man to stand trial in three shootings

A man accused of gunning down three people in 1995, leaving two of the victims with permanent injuries, is scheduled to stand trial today.

Richmond County authorities considered Mark L. Squires, 23, a fugitive until his arrest this summer in a double homicide in Greenville, N.C., and another killing in New Bern, N.C.

Mr. Squires is slated to stand trial in Richmond County Superior Court on charges that include three counts of aggravated assault before he is returned to North Carolina, where he faces capital murder charges.

On Nov. 13, 1995, Shelia Kitchens, then 20, was shot in the neck and left paralyzed from the chest down. Her brother, George Kitchens, then 12, was shot in the neck.

Her friend, Charles L. Fubler, a star soccer player at Augusta College at the time, was shot in the head. Mr. Fubler's injury ended his college and athletic careers.

At the time of the shootings, Mr. Squires was on parole for a Denver aggravated assault conviction. He had lived in the Augusta area for four months before the shootings.

A co-defendant in the shootings, Daniel Downing of Augusta, was convicted, and in April 1996 received 55 years in prison.

In North Carolina, Mr. Squires faces murder charges in the July 4 killings of Randy Earl House, 19, and Eric Jerome Keech, 29.

He faces the death penalty if convicted. Mr. Squires also is accused of the June 12 slaying of Ronnie Taylor.

Sandy Hodson covers courts for The Augusta Chronicle. She can be reached at (706) 823-3226 or shodson@augustachronicle.com.


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