Originally created 01/20/05

Jury indicts man in 2002 homicide

A three-year-old homicide case involving the shooting death of a T.W. Josey High School student is one step closer to being solved.

On Wednesday, a Richmond County grand jury returned a murder indictment against Rodriquez Santez Nelson, 23, of Augusta.

Richmond County sheriff's investigators suspect Mr. Nelson is responsible for the 2002 killing of 19-year-old Milton Roosevelt Williams Jr.

Mr. Williams was shot once in the head with a handgun Feb. 7, 2002, in his Kent Street home.

The young man, then 17, survived the initial assault.

He lived nearly two years in a vegetative state in area nursing homes until he died of complications from his injuries Oct. 8, 2003, officials said.

At the time of Mr. Williams' death, a sheriff's investigator told The Augusta Chronicle that authorities lacked any leads in the case.

But the unsolved case turned when the sheriff's office received a tip last year about Mr. Nelson's involvement, said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peebles.

Sgt. Peebles said Mr. Nelson and Mr. Williams were friends.

"It was not uncommon for Mr. Nelson to spend a good deal of time at the victim's residence," he said.

Authorities think Mr. Nelson's motive was robbery because money was taken from Mr. Williams' house, Sgt. Peebles said.

He would not elaborate on the amount of money taken.

Mr. Nelson is currently incarcerated at the Emanuel Probation Detention Center in Twin City, Ga. on drug, battery and attempted robbery charges.

He will be brought to the Richmond County jail when a grand jury arrest warrant is served, he said.

Reach Kate Lewis at (706) 823-3215 or kate.lewis@augustachronicle.com.


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