Originally created 02/28/05

Lincoln County murder suspect identified



Authorities have released the name of a man charged in the shooting death of another man in Lincoln County during the weekend.

Lawrence Curtis Evans Jr., of Elberton , Ga., was charged with murder in the shooting death Sunday of Rickie F. Lavender Sr., 44, said Gary Nicholson, the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office.

According to Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson, his agency got a call at about 5 a.m. Sunday that someone had been shot in the 1100 block of Fisherman's Lane.

Authorities found Mr. Lavender dead, a news release says.

Mr. Evans also has been charged with kidnapping, Agent Nicholson said.

During the incident, Mr. Evans had kidnapped his ex-wife, Michelle Evans, from Mr. Lavender's home and taken her into Elbert County, the agent said.

Elbert County sheriff's deputies spotted Mr. Evans and his vehicle, he said.

Agent Nicholson said authorities are not sure what the motive was in the shooting and kidnapping.

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