Originally created 03/03/03

Teenager sought in slaying surrenders



An Augusta man sought in a slaying Saturday on Wrightsboro Road surrendered to police Sunday night.

William Joseph Widner, 18, of Schley Street, surrendered to authorities at about 7:30 p.m., said Investigator Richard Roundtree, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Widner was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the death of Carlos Antinio Rouse, Investigator Roundtree said.

"We speculate that he's the trigger man," the investigator said.

He said the sheriff's office has recovered the murder weapon, a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Also charged with murder was Jacob Christopher Miles, 16, who was arrested at 8 p.m. Saturday, according to authorities.

Police said that Mr. Rouse's body was found by police at 2:36 a.m. near Craig Street with gunshots to his right shoulder blade and left arm.

He was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to police reports.

Authorities said Saturday that the pair met Mr. Rouse at the corner of Wrightsboro Road and Highland Avenue, then went down Wrightsboro toward the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital Uptown Division, where the shooting took place.

No bond information for Mr. Widner was available Sunday night, according to the Richmond County jail.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409, or at jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.