Trial will begin for murder suspect

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A jury will begin hearing evidence today about the slaying of a longtime city employee and community volunteer.

Seth Rouzan: Suspect is charged with the Dec. 12, 2006, shooting death of former city employee, Jeffrey Labord.  Special
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Seth Rouzan: Suspect is charged with the Dec. 12, 2006, shooting death of former city employee, Jeffrey Labord.

Seth J. Rouzan, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, armed robbery, burglary and a weapon violation in the Dec. 12, 2006, shooting death of Jeffrey Labord.

The body of the 39-year-old victim was found about 5 a.m. on Doublegate Court, which is a deadend street off Walden Drive behind Pendleton King Park.

Mr. Labord had been shot several times, according to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle .

Sheriff's officers haven't yet revealed a possible motive or how Mr. Labord and his killer crossed paths.

Detectives did report that Mr. Labord's home was burglarized the night of his death.

Mr. Labord lived on Artimus Street. His stolen vehicle was found about six miles away on McElmurray Drive.

According to court records, Mr. Rouzan lived on McElmurray Drive before his arrest.

Mr. Labord worked for the city's Traffic Engineering Department for 19 years.

According to his obituary, he also volunteered at the Augusta Youth Center after graduating from Laney High School in 1985.

Testimony begins at 9 a.m. this morning in Richmond County Superior Court.

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

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sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 12/18/07 - 06:50 am
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fry him!!!!!!!!!

fry him!!!!!!!!!

AUG30904
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AUG30904 12/18/07 - 09:22 am
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i think if there is no

i think if there is no evidence than he's a free man

SunDown
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SunDown 12/18/07 - 10:12 am
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Who said there was no

Who said there was no evidence? If he was arrested then there is evidence. The evidence may be pointing to the wrong man (I doubt it) but I guarantee you there is evidence.

Rose
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Rose 12/18/07 - 11:03 am
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the sheriff is not talking

the sheriff is not talking right now about what evidence they have.

MJDW
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MJDW 12/18/07 - 11:17 am
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Another losser we will house,

Another losser we will house, feed and provide the best medical care for, and can't do for our Vet's.

Rupret in the middle east
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Rupret in the middle east 12/18/07 - 11:29 am
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AUG30904 let him get out and

AUG30904 let him get out and stay with you if you feel that way about him, or research the case them make a choice.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/18/07 - 11:30 am
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Jeff was my friend, I say if

Jeff was my friend, I say if he's guilty and anybody else involved, LOCK EM UP...

marien
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marien 12/18/07 - 11:35 am
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You do the crime then you

You do the crime then you need to serve the time.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/18/07 - 12:32 pm
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He aint neva scurrd!

He aint neva scurrd!

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 12/18/07 - 05:31 pm
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I had jury duty today. I

I had jury duty today. I didn't know the law Enforcement Center was in such bad shape. There was a seam in the carpet held down by duct tape and holes in the bathroom walls. Everything looked very outdated too. I hope the new Commission will get the ball rolling, We are already paying for it.

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