Originally created 09/22/05

Suspect is linked to crime spree



An Augusta man arrested on charges of killing a neighbor now stands accused of committing a series of violent crimes in south Augusta.

The Richmond County grand jury indicted Joseph W. Brown, 19, on murder charges in the Aug. 5 shooting death of Eddie A. Shoemaker.

Mr. Shoemaker, 60, was found dead in the kitchen of his Tobin Street home. Investigators believe Mr. Shoemaker suffered scrapes and bruises in a struggle before he was shot twice, according to reports in The Augusta Chronicle.

In addition to the murder charges, Mr. Brown, Charles Edward Warney Jr. and Reginald Blount face charges of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and weapon violations.

According to the indictment, the crime spree began July 8 with an armed robbery and carjacking. A second followed on July 25, another on Aug. 30 and a final one on Sept. 2.

Also on Tuesday, the grand jury issued a second murder indictment in an unrelated case. John Lombard Smith, 42, was indicted in the Aug. 25 death of Betty Ann Gaines.

Ms. Gaines, 35, was shot in the chest after arguing with a man at Monroe Street and Conklin Avenue, The Chronicle reported.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.