Boy won't be tried as adult in killing

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A 12-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting death of an Augusta man late Wednesday is too young to be tried as an adult, authorities say, meaning that if convicted he could not be detained beyond his 21st birthday.

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<b>VICTIM </b><br>Roosevelt Cowins, 65,  was killed on Fenwick  Street in Augusta.  Special
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Roosevelt Cowins, 65, was killed on Fenwick Street in Augusta.

The boy, identified by police as Coreon Andreiko Jackson, a former seventh-grader at Tubman Middle School, was arrested on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Police said he was involved in a Wednesday night home invasion on Fenwick Street in which Roosevelt Cowins, 65, was fatally shot. Police have charged 21-year-old Willie Herbert Casey, of Augusta, with murder in the case.

Some Richmond County police said they could not remember another case in the Augusta area in which someone so young was charged with murder. Neighbors and relatives of Mr. Cowins were in shock Thursday.

"Roosevelt never bothered anyone. He kept to himself. He didn't deserve anything like this," said Mr. Cowins' sister, Lillian Trant, 70, who was inside Mr. Cowins' home at the time of the shooting. Ms. Trant said she heard two shots, and her brother, a retired home builder, stumbled down the hallway and fell into her bedroom doorway. That's when she encountered Mr. Casey and Coreon, who she said pointed a gun at her and asked, "Do you have money?"

"I told him I didn't have any money. And I wasn't nice about the way I said it. I couldn't believe this child had the nerve to do this," she said, adding that she heard the boy laughing as he left Mr. Cowins' house.

Neighbor Betty Key, 22, said she couldn't believe what had happened.

"Mr. Roosevelt and Ms. Lillian are very sweet people. They would both help baby-sit my children if I needed them," she said.

Coreon isn't the one you'd expect to commit such a tragic crime, said school public safety Officer Patrick Paquette, who worked with Coreon and called him lost. The boy skipped school often, but when he attended he would get into mischief typical of boys his age.

"He was a nice young fellow," Officer Paquette said. "He got caught up with the wrong people, and I can honestly say that."

The officer said he spends most of his time at the school acting as a father to children from broken homes, such as Coreon.

"He's just looking for that father figure, and he found them in those older boys," Officer Paquette said. "That's the thing with these gangs around here in Augusta; they fill the gap."

Sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman said police do not believe the incident was gang related by that Coreon and Mr. Casey were going to Mr. Cowin's house to get money.

Coreon was being reared by his grandmother, sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree said at a Take Back the Streets event at Tubman. Next month, Take Back the Streets will start an initiative to get fathers active in schools.

District Attorney William Bowcutt said Coreon cannot be tried as an adult in Superior Court. Under normal circumstances, the most prosecutors could expect would be two years of detention for rehabilitation purposes. If prosecutors can convince the juvenile court judge that the circumstances warrant it, the judge could order Coreon held until his 21st birthday, he said.

Mr. Bowcutt said he would oppose any temporary release from custody. Georgia law allows for the prosecution of children as adults if they commit one of the most serious crimes, such as murder, rape or armed robbery. The cutoff age, however, is 13.

"People have a hard time believing a child age 12 would knowingly commit such a crime," Mr. Bowcutt said.

Witnesses said Mr. Cowins answered the door Wednesday and two suspects forced their way into his home. Police say they believe the shots overheard by Mr. Cowins' sister were fired by Mr. Casey. Ms. Trant said she saw the younger suspect stand over her brother and demand money before firing a bullet into his chest, according to the report.

Authorities say Coreon was arrested after an investigator recalled that his description matched that of the suspect in a Jan. 28 robbery of the Circle K at 1739 Walton Way. A third man, Kerry Lavert Hamilton, 20, was questioned and released.

Staff Writers Timothy Cox and Greg Gelpi contributed to this article.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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pablanco
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pablanco 03/21/08 - 12:18 am
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nice kid. What exactly are

nice kid. What exactly are they teaching the kids at Tubman?

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 03/21/08 - 12:47 am
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RIP to Mr. Roosevelt, no

RIP to Mr. Roosevelt, no further words needed.

Ralph_Wiggum
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Ralph_Wiggum 03/21/08 - 12:48 am
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He may not go to jail, but he

He may not go to jail, but he should go somewhere, if just to be evaluated. All criminals start small.

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 03/21/08 - 12:55 am
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The 12 year old kid was

The 12 year old kid was arrested after he matched a description of an armed robbery suspect? And now he's involved in a murder? He should be locked up until he's 21. No doubt he'll do something to wind up in adult prison shortly after being released.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/21/08 - 02:01 am
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Absent from the scene of this

Absent from the scene of this heinous act, but sharing responsibility for it, were Jackson's male and female procreators.

RobbyLogan
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RobbyLogan 03/21/08 - 03:14 am
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I hope he stays locked up

I hope he stays locked up until his 21st birthday so he can get the help or punishment he needs. I also hope his jacket is not wiped clean once he turns 18 or 21, whatever the age is. People can stand up for him all they want, but even a 12 year old knows murder is wrong, it's common sense.

nightcop
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nightcop 03/21/08 - 03:58 am
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yeah....he'll sure learn his

yeah....he'll sure learn his lesson in rydc. what a joke!!
little scum bag should be put to death.

christian134
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christian134 03/21/08 - 04:04 am
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In a world gone past insanity

In a world gone past insanity I, for one, believe these kids are capable of any and everything. On a scale of 1-10 I would have to say they value life and property negative 10. He is of an age where he knows right from wrong therefore he should be put away for a good long while. Afterall the man he shot down is dead, cold in the grave while he is going to have 3 square meals, tv, education, clean clothes and a roof over his head all at the expense of the state.

sliique
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sliique 03/21/08 - 04:05 am
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WHERE are the parents??????

WHERE are the parents??????

Dark_Knight
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Dark_Knight 03/21/08 - 04:46 am
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People, people, this is just

People, people, this is just the beginning. Beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt, he will strike again. good question Sliique.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 03/21/08 - 04:49 am
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this is an outrage!!!!

this is an outrage!!!!

edst4
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edst4 03/21/08 - 04:52 am
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May god find a place for you

May god find a place for you in heaven Mr. Roosevelt Cowins. Like D1216 said earlier "no further words needed" on this in this reader comments today. Let the man rest in peace and his family not come on to this broad and find the rantings of the public. I am sure there will be another time and place for that. Not today though.

justus4
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justus4 03/21/08 - 05:25 am
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A sad reflection of a
Unpublished

A sad reflection of a country's youth. Lives lost, stolen dreams beyond comprehension and we try to understand. Where are the Bible people?

sTiCkMaN
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sTiCkMaN 03/21/08 - 05:28 am
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bible people? if i had the

bible people? if i had the guess, the man the boy shot was a bible person.

heartablazing
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heartablazing 03/21/08 - 05:53 am
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As to the question "where are

As to the question "where are his parents"? The news this morning said his mother is in jail and the father was never in the boys life.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 03/21/08 - 05:56 am
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who my baby daddy?

who my baby daddy?

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/21/08 - 06:01 am
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My prayers go out to all the

My prayers go out to all the families involved.

lawyerdude
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lawyerdude 03/21/08 - 06:09 am
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Where does a 12 year old get

Where does a 12 year old get a gun? It had to be from an adult. That person should be punished.

tellmehow
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tellmehow 03/21/08 - 07:16 am
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If the parents are not in the

If the parents are not in the picture and the Grandmother could not control him, then he should have been turned over to social services before something like this could happen. Obviously the Grandmother couldn't raise her own child properly so who could expect her to raise a grandchild properly.

pofwe
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pofwe 03/21/08 - 07:26 am
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Put the young thug & his

Put the young thug & his mentor in a crime lab & slowly dissect whatever they are using for a "brain & heart." The evidence will show inbred hatred of any & everything. For which there is no cure. So reduce the specimen to a swill & flush it.

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Edward B. Turner 03/21/08 - 07:30 am
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"Where are the Bible people?"

"Where are the Bible people?" justus 4 asks. Where is the mother and father? is the better question. That's the main point of this problem: absent parents, both white and black. Either "latchkey" kids with no supervision or broken homes due to foolish pregnancies from irresponsible, uncaring, and unloving humans. Dr. Frazier has it right: we must get them, especially the fathers, involved with their childeren. Too many grandparents are raising their grandchildren, many because they. with good intentions, have enabled their own children to be as disenfranchised from any normal family unit. Now, if the Chronicle will hold this child's parents accountable by printing their pictures and names, then maybe pure adulterated shame might just help save some lives. Yes, what are their names, Chronicle? Come to a conclusion with your reporting and try to make a difference! My sincere sympathies to the families.

september 5th
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september 5th 03/21/08 - 07:31 am
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law enforcement in augusta

law enforcement in augusta needs to wake up and realize that there are gangs in this city! when something gang related happens the police are quick to say "we do not believe that gangs were involved" and the statement by officer paquette:"He was a nice young fellow," "He got caught up with the wrong people, and I can honestly say that." is ridiculous! coreon is a wrong person!

bullet45cal
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bullet45cal 03/21/08 - 07:32 am
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Need to kill the little turd

Need to kill the little turd now!

str8truth
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str8truth 03/21/08 - 07:35 am
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Pablanco...You just showed

Pablanco...You just showed your ignorance. Didn't you read he would not come to school. We are teaching the kids alot at Tubman. We can't raise children in the 8 hours they are at school a day. Their parents or guardians have that job to do.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 03/21/08 - 07:40 am
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another by-product of the

another by-product of the welfare state. yes self hatred, self loathing and inbred hatred of life. i will bet 1000 bucks he is illegitimate. why cant the redistributors see the culture they have created where the young boys hate everything because of the illegitimacy. why do you think they treat women the way they do?
why do think they think all women are H's and B's? why do the redistributors pay only if the father is not in the home? why are the redistributors against school vouchers? why is my pocketbook open game and the irresponsible not held to any accountability? the do-gooders are the scurge of the earth.....

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fht610 03/21/08 - 07:41 am
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Euthanize him now! This will

Euthanize him now! This will prevent countless crimes starting in 2017 when he turns 21 and get let loose on society again.And while you are at it, have the mother spayed. If he is 12, she is probably in her 20's; young enough to squeeze out another half dozen like him...

eedsp
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eedsp 03/21/08 - 07:46 am
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This is very sad. Why is a 12

This is very sad. Why is a 12 year old hanging out with 21 year old? Where are the parents or the adult figure in this child's life? We can find many factors to blame for this kid behavior. But those are in my opinion excuses. The adults in this child's life are blamed for allowing him to hangout with a 21 year old and not attending school. It's a shame that the adults who should have been responsibile for him can not be arrested.

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stillamazed 03/21/08 - 07:55 am
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Where are the parents?????The

Where are the parents?????The gangs are the parents....they know how to pick these vulnerable kids and get them into this kind of thing, that sorry 21 year old involved needs to be executed.....What's with the bible people comment?????? Are you trying to say that this man deserved to die because he goes to church???? I respect everyones religious beliefs but even if you don't believe in God, if everyone tried to live a better decent life maybe things like this would not be so common in our society.......

fht610
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fht610 03/21/08 - 07:56 am
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And we need to abolish the

And we need to abolish the "Juvenile Justice System" If you are old enough to commit the crime, you are old enough to serve the FULL sentence. In ADULT jail! The entire concept of parole needs to be either abolished completely or modified to the extend that if a parolee commits a violent crime, the members of the parole board can be held accountable to the victim for civil damages and be tried as accomplices. Anyone violating parole needs to be required to re-serve his ENTIRE sentence from the beginning without ANY chance of parole EVER. Furthermore we need to get rid of concurrent sentences and reform our prisons along the system used in Russia..

HGGP
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HGGP 03/21/08 - 07:57 am
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The problem started with a

The problem started with a mother who does not know who the daddy is so he could not be in the childs life. It goes back to raising the way you were raised. Where and how do we break the cycle? We should be charging the mama not the grandma with failure to supervise. That is unless the grandma is young enough to and of able body to properly supervise, even if she does "know" how. We can't blame to school system, it takes a village to raise the kids. The teachers, counselors and other adults in authority in the school cannot effectively raise everyones children. They do the best they can in the time that they have while still educating our children. So where does he end up now. In 2 years he is going to end up in prison and someone else will be dead, because he will be a repeat offender. Someone needs to fight to have this child charged as an adult, locked up and away out of society. Prison does rehabilitate some, about 5%. But it can't do it in 2 years. This was a senseless and heinous killing that should be punished as such.

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