Accused man hangs himself in jail

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A Richmond County jail inmate charged with murder is believed to have hanged himself Monday, only hours after a 12-year-old charged as his accomplice appeared in Juvenile Court for a detention hearing.

Richmond County Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry identified the dead inmate as Willie Herbert Casey, 21, suspected in the shooting death of Roosevelt Cowins, 65, in a home invasion on Wednesday night.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said a jail inmate told a tower guard about 1:08 p.m. that Mr. Casey was hanging in his cell. Deputies and medical staff who were completing rounds on the sixth floor, where Mr. Casey was housed, rushed to the cell to find him hanging from a bed sheet tied to an air vent in the ceiling. He was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:57 p.m., Sheriff Strength said.

Mr. Casey was alone in his cell and had been seen by a guard about eight minutes before he was found by the staff.

Sheriff Strength said the GBI has been called in to investigate, a standard procedure for such cases.

Mr. Casey was charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Earlier Monday, his accused accomplice appeared in Juvenile Court, where a judge ordered 12-year-old Coreon A. Jackson to remain in custody pending further court hearings.

The slightly built adolescent, standing less than 5 feet tall, was shackled and dressed in a loose-fitting blue jumpsuit.

According to testimony, one of the investigators sent to Mr. Cowins' Fenwick Street home just before midnight that night testified that a witness identified Coreon as a possible suspect immediately. Coreon had been at the victim's home earlier, playing video games, Investigator James Kelly said.

After Coreon was taken into custody, he told investigators that he went with Mr. Casey to Mr. Cowins' home to collect a debt. Mr. Casey and Mr. Cowins argued, and Mr. Casey shot Mr. Cowins twice in the back, Investigator Kelly quoted Coreon as saying. Coreon shot him a third time in the chest, he said.

Juvenile Court Judge William Sams decided it was best for Coreon and the community for the youth to be detained at the Augusta Regional Youth Detention Center until his case is mediated in Juvenile Court.

Although accused of murder and a weapon violations, Coreon cannot stand trial as an adult. Georgia law sets 13 as the cutoff age for certain crimes to be sent to Superior Court.

Judge Sams opened the Monday juvenile court hearing over protests from Coreon's attorneys.

"The public has the right to know what's going on in the court, in this case and others," Judge Sams said. He agreed with Dave Dunaway, attorney for The Augusta Chronicle, that the public's right to know what happens to Coreon's case overrode the defendant's reasons for wanting a closed hearing.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Sams questioned Coreon's legal guardian, his grandmother, Joanne Bush. His mother is serving a prison sentence for theft, according to court and prison records. His father's whereabouts are unknown, according to court records.

Judge Sams wanted to know why a 12-year-old was out at midnight on a school night. When Ms. Bush told the judge Coreon wasn't attending school, Judge Sams wanted to know why.

Coreon was out of control, refusing to mind her, staying out late and skipping school, a tearful Ms. Bush said. Judge Sams said that because she had tried to control Coreon, he would not have her arrested, too.

In January, Sheriff's officers picked Coreon up on suspicion that he served as the lookout in the armed robbery of the Circle K store at 1739 Walton Way.

Maj. Ken Autry said Coreon was stopped not far from the store. When searched, officers found a BB-gun the size of a handgun.

Coreon was charged as an unruly juvenile and released to his grandmother.

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

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mutt
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mutt 03/25/08 - 05:00 am
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So Obama, tell us how this is

So Obama, tell us how this is white America's fault. Tell us what white America did to cause the wrongful incarseration of these poor misunderstood people. BS, total BS. White America wants this to stop this as much or more than black America does. They're just not allowed to discuss it in public, for fear of being branded as racist. White folks can't point out or discuss problems in the black community, because Champ, Ryan B., the SCLC, and NAACP have made it clear that the truth is racist hate speech. The truth is devicive. Good luck black folks, because glossing over this, isn't going to stop it. As long as you blame everyone except those who do this stuff, it'll never get better.
FED UP!!!

debby
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debby 03/25/08 - 05:07 am
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Keep his sorry butt locked

Keep his sorry butt locked up.

dhd1108
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dhd1108 03/25/08 - 05:19 am
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looks like ol willie done

looks like ol willie done saved the georgia taxpayers a few years $ from not having to shelter and feed him.. aaand saved a few Mgs of sodium pentothal too

i wish more criminals were as thoughtful

sliique
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sliique 03/25/08 - 05:30 am
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mutt....your spelling is

mutt....your spelling is flawed (incarseration?), as is your logic.

cparker
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cparker 03/25/08 - 05:42 am
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mutt, you are simply stupid.

mutt, you are simply stupid. This is not about race or politics. Where were you when the white child stabbed her mother to death in NA a couple of months ago? Remember the two white kids that robbed the veteran for his ATM card and killed him and then left him in a garbage can while they went on a spending spree with his ATM card just two months ago? Didn't six white kids just get caught with over $100K in stolen property from robbing homes in south Augusta? My point is that our youths are terribly misguided and out of control. Black & white kids are having this problem, and parenting is the culprit. Things are never going to get better because to many like you are filled with racial hatred and propogate this to be a black only problem. Just remember, its is cheaper to educate them than to pay for them to be in prisons all of their lives. This does not mean we should not hold people like this accountable, we need to make sure we have defined the problem in order to seek a solution. Its obvious he is the product of poor parenting, but I bet many of the white kids in this kind of trouble are too. Immorality has no race, gender, or address.

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Brad Owens 03/25/08 - 05:46 am
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A felon at 21 hangs himself

A felon at 21 hangs himself in jail after killing an unarmed man using a 12 year old as a helper. A 12 year old is taking part in crimes who lives with his Grand Ma cause his father is 'unkown' and is mother is in jail. A 65 year old man murdered, shot in the BACK at that, for a few dollars. The Grand Mother weeps, the bigots blame it on race, and I had eggs and bacon for breakfast. A tragic but all too common story in the ghettos of the World.

wmfuwb
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wmfuwb 03/25/08 - 06:08 am
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Good riddance!

Good riddance!

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 03/25/08 - 06:17 am
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Come Novermber things like

Come Novermber things like this won't just " happen " Change will come!

justputtin
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justputtin 03/25/08 - 06:34 am
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I have a dream - that one day

I have a dream - that one day we can all live together w/out hate and feel like no one owes anyone, everyone is independant and race isn't a reason or excuse for anything. God will not care what color we are when we die, just what kind of person we were and what we did. Unfortunately, it's just a dream and I just woke up. If this guy killed that elderly man I have little sympathy for his hanging. Guilt got to him, or fear.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/25/08 - 06:39 am
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To paraphrase the much adored

To paraphrase the much adored B.O., "This is a typical black "family" incident. No father, mother gone, grand mother unable to control child." Thank you for 50 years of replacing the father with a government check. This type of situation will continue to occur. The child is a sociopath that will not be cured. He, too, will be back.

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pofwe 03/25/08 - 06:42 am
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Thanks Willie, thank-you very

Thanks Willie, thank-you very much!

dokken36055
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dokken36055 03/25/08 - 07:00 am
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Another Coward takes the

Another Coward takes the Cowards way out good now we can save mone on having to convict this sorry excuse for a man

critter
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critter 03/25/08 - 07:02 am
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Well, at least we don't have

Well, at least we don't have to pay for this one's trial and incarceration. Good riddance.

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shivas 03/25/08 - 07:05 am
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When priveldged white women

When priveldged white women such as patriciathomas attempt to make commentary on the impact of poverty, it is indeed ironic and a little humerous. Having a silver spoon upbringing gives you many advantages, unfortunately intelligent insight into social issues isn't one of those. When an elderly white gentlemen is a serial killer preying upon women who hike in the North Georgia mountains, is this not an indictment of all elderly white men? In patriciathomas world, we can generalize and stereotype when it fits our agenda. In her case, the agenda is almost always directed towards poor african-americans.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/25/08 - 07:09 am
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"This is a typical black

"This is a typical black "family" incident, patriciathomas you are filled with racism and ignorance. A pitiful redneck pig and you don't deserve to breathe the same air as reasonable human beings. Their are plenty of white people in the same situation you're just too stupid to open your mind to anything other than a racial solution or explanation. You're an idiot!! And mutt what the f@@@ does this have to do with Obama, racists trying to muddy the waters for him yet again. Get over it Obama is half white, stupid. And was raised by his white family.

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edst4 03/25/08 - 07:09 am
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He took the easy way out.

He took the easy way out. What a coward

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/25/08 - 07:18 am
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And shivas I imagine that

And shivas I imagine that patriciathomas has never seen or felt a silver spoon in her mouth. She's just a bitter old farm girl, begging for the attention she didn't get because of her 10 brothers and sisters. She's probably a poser, sitting at the rental office of the trailer park she lives and works in borrowing their computer. People with real class don't have to pretend to have it. She's no more priveliged than Mr. Casey, can't you tell.

nightcop
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nightcop 03/25/08 - 07:21 am
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now if the 12 year old punk

now if the 12 year old punk would hang himself, we could call this case "closed."

wise
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wise 03/25/08 - 07:28 am
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Obama is bi-racial not a

Obama is bi-racial not a black man. All you inbreed rednecks need to read a book or something. So you can have actual facts. This is a black and white problem another fatherless child looking up to the wrong person for male guidance.

sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 03/25/08 - 07:33 am
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coward ..thats all i gotta

coward ..thats all i gotta say about this trash

wmfuwb
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wmfuwb 03/25/08 - 07:36 am
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Tell the devil, willieboy be

Tell the devil, willieboy be coming!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/25/08 - 07:42 am
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Dang it! And I was so looking

Dang it! And I was so looking forward to supporting him for the next 60 years!

dani
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dani 03/25/08 - 07:48 am
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Making accusations and

Making accusations and excuses won't change anything. Keep it up and you will continue to get the same results. PT is right about replacing parents with a government check and it doesn't stop with any one race. The power-hungry politicians will keep you dependent and they are smugly watching as they get your votes.

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fordtrklvr 03/25/08 - 07:50 am
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Too much "Black and White".

Too much "Black and White". This is a tradgedy for all involved. THe problem as I see it is todays youth dont have the guidence that the "older " generation had. Im talking about our grand-parents. Parents today live under the fear of Social Services if they spank their children. I am a 42 yr. old father of two and I say that we as parents need to do what is right and teach our children whats right and wrong and disciplen them accordingly. Then and only then will we see a difference.

Venus
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Venus 03/25/08 - 07:54 am
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Patricia you continue to show

Patricia you continue to show Augusta just how ignorant you are! Color has nothing to do with this situation. It’s a sad when grown men use children to help commit crime. You continue to show Augusta just how bright you are on social issues that affect us all. Just maybe if you came out of you home and attempted to give as much help and advice as you do on this web post, just maybe you will see our children are begin exploited! Not just black children but ALL children are used to commit crimes. Why? Because sick adults have realized they can get your child to commit crimes for the adults. What this means Patricia is the children commit crimes for adults, the children will go to YDC while the adults go free to prey on someone else child! It’s been happening in large cities and now it’s it home. Again I will say if you’re not going to help solve the problems and volunteer your time in the schools and communities please do us all a favor and SHUT UP! You are just another mouth piece contributing to the problem.

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Hephzibah44 03/25/08 - 07:59 am
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Don't worry cold beer I am

Don't worry cold beer I am sure next week there will be another one sitting in jail for killing someone that we can support for the next 60 years.

justus4
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justus4 03/25/08 - 08:00 am
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This death needs to
Unpublished

This death needs to investigated, and not by GBI. Eight minutes since a guard see him-then he hangs himself. Eight minutes to find a solid anchor, devise a suitable lynch point, and jump. It couldn't have worked the first time, so this staff person who last saw him needs questioning. And not by the local department. Unbelieveable! Being able to properly tie an anchor with bed sheets, is a skill which this kid probably didn't have...whites are happy another minority young man is dead, but a killer is a killer. However, it does matter when the victim's hands are cuffed and no defense is possible.

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stillamazed 03/25/08 - 08:04 am
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I agree with fordtrklvr, this

I agree with fordtrklvr, this is a tragedy for all of us, it affects all of us. Are there to many youth with uninvolved fathers and mothers, sure, is it because they are on welfare, doubt it...I have known families on welfare and many of them are very proud people in a bad situation, so you can't stereo type every black crime as a welfare issue. As for the 12 year old, hopefully he can be reformed, after all he is a child who got tied up with the wrong influences to early in life, the gangs offered him what he obviously wasn't getting at home. As far as the one who hung himself, I don't feel much sympathy, he was old enough to know better, now the coward has left the 12 year old holding the bag.

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christian134 03/25/08 - 08:06 am
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Good grief people the very

Good grief people the very "stuff" you are spewing and the generalizations and accusations against PatriciaThomas and others you do not know, are seriously flawed. First of all she was quoting the wonderous Obama remark on the "typical" black family and not her own and secondly the fact that you and others believe most white women are priviledged with a silver spoon is the same racist junk you accuse others...double standard for sure.....

christian134
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christian134 03/25/08 - 08:13 am
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As for the 12 year old age

As for the 12 year old age seems not to make a difference when it comes to robbery and murder...sadly to these "kids" someone outside their circle of life has no right to live....The horror of it all are these criminal children are getting younger and younger....The demons have found a great playground when the gangs(if indeed this child was a member) replaced the parents or lack of parents as the family unit.

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