14-year-old accused of killing stepsister

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Richmond County authorities arrested a 14-year-old accused of fatally shooting his stepsister in the head at least 10 times as she slept Friday afternoon.

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Eric Lee Phillips Whitehead was charged with murder and one count of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said.

Police believe Mr. Whitehead shot 22-year-old Patricia Leigh Troglen with a 22-caliber rifle as she slept on a couch at her home in the 5000 block of Neely Road. Ms. Troglen's stepmother found her body at the home about 3 p.m. Friday. She was pronounced dead at 4 p.m.

Mr. Whitehead had been temporarily staying at the home of his stepfather, Ms. Troglen's father, but he had been floating between different homes, Lt. Peebles said.

"He had lived a lot of his teen years from place to place," he said. "He would be in between getting in trouble and running away."

Deputies determined that Mr. Whitehead was the last person with Ms. Troglen before her death. Investigators for Richmond and Columbia counties began a search for the 14-year-old. Columbia County sheriff's deputies eventually found him at a friend's home.

Authorities also found Ms. Troglen's vehicle abandoned at a Raceway convenience store on Gordon Highway near Bobby Jones Expressway. Police believe Mr. Whitehead is connected to the theft.

Mr. Whitehead confessed to investigators that he had a dream about him and Ms. Troglen arguing Friday, Lt. Peebles said. He awoke Friday afternoon enraged by the dream, which, he said, led him to take a rifle out of his stepfather's room.

"They had not had any problems before," Lt. Peebles said. "He pretty much considered her to be his best friend."

Police will charge Mr. Whitehead as an adult. There are no other suspects. Ms. Troglen's body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta for an autopsy this morning.

Mr. Whitehead is being held at the Richmond County Regional Youth Development Center.

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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opiner
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opiner 08/08/09 - 01:46 am
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Two more wasted lives.

Two more wasted lives.

NEone
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NEone 08/08/09 - 04:01 am
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Speechless.

Speechless.

brianw
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brianw 08/08/09 - 04:21 am
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What a waste.

What a waste.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/08/09 - 05:59 am
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bad seed

bad seed

rmorris30907
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rmorris30907 08/08/09 - 07:00 am
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Crazy. Sick. Perverted.

Crazy. Sick. Perverted. Cowardly. A product of our modern society.

ColCo
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ColCo 08/08/09 - 07:17 am
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He had a dream and "awoke

He had a dream and "awoke enraged," then shot the person he dreamed about 10 or more times...unbelievable.

Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 08/08/09 - 07:27 am
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There is more to this story

There is more to this story that has yet to be told.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 08/08/09 - 07:51 am
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What was the kid doing at

What was the kid doing at home on a school day? And since Friday was the first day, he can't say he was kicked out.

cparker
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cparker 08/08/09 - 07:53 am
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Why aren't white folks on

Why aren't white folks on here complaining about this white child? Is his family on section 8 and they just don't have time to watch him because they are out spending their food stamps? It makes me sick that whites are so racist that they will make disparaging comments about blacks committing violent crimes, but when a white child does the exact crime they get quiet... Where the heck is apex24, greenjacken, 55 F-100, southernguy08, jack? The reason you guys are quiet is because you only want to humiliate blacks and conveniently ignore the criminal behavior of white children. That's fine because I call it like it is... White folks in Augusta are racist and blame people like me as being racist for calling you out....

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/08/09 - 08:00 am
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cparker, I'm not white, nor

cparker, I'm not white, nor black, and I haven't been on here in about a week, so I have no idea what has been written on other topics recently, but the only racist remark I see on this thread is yours.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/08/09 - 08:02 am
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My condolences to everyone

My condolences to everyone that loves the victim. I hope justice will be served in accord to the right limits of the law.

XXYY
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XXYY 08/08/09 - 08:15 am
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cparker, I agree with you.

cparker, I agree with you. Anytime a black person has committed a crime, that lil clique gets on here and dam the person before conviction. They are ready to put that person under the jail. You read all the negative comments, but lo and behold a white person commits the same type of crime and you don't hear anything. These people are so full of S$%*!

irish62009
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irish62009 08/08/09 - 08:23 am
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WILL THE MADNESS EVER

WILL THE MADNESS EVER STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!cparker death and crime are not racial issues.Who knows what has gone on in this young persons life to make him so confused and dangerous.

juantez
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juantez 08/08/09 - 08:41 am
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(It's sad, but he did not
Unpublished

(It's sad, but he did not kill her , that 7' tall black man with the red hoodie did it). They should fry his little but.... smoking that crack made him do it.

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R2 08/08/09 - 08:53 am
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He'll probably get probation

He'll probably get probation just like that SC guy that shot his neighbor. Justice says he should be sent to jail or a mental instituion. If so, he'll be out by the time he's 21. No justice, no peace.

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curly123053 08/08/09 - 09:08 am
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I do not care the color of

I do not care the color of the skin, the national origin, the denomination, the sex, or the age in the majority of crimes. If you are guilty of doing the crime I believe in that person getting what is due under the law. I don't care who you are, if you are guilty your sentence will not be a slap on the wrist if I am the judge, as some judges in the Augusta circuit give. This boy obviously had a serious problem somewhere, but regardless of that he should not ever see the outside of a jail or prison for a long time if ever. And, I do not believe in making criminals "victims of society" as is what happens nowadays in court. The boy did the crime and he must do the time if he is guilty as he admits.

missaugusta07
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missaugusta07 08/08/09 - 09:21 am
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OMG!!!Now I know I'm not

OMG!!!Now I know I'm not reading the comments on here correctly about this caucasian young man,and he's not riddled with comments like he's a [filtered word]or that they always kill each other or something to that nature to put down a black person,I know there are some blacks that are less desired but to put down a whole race because of some,and all of sudden he gets a pass,he's confused,he needs to be put in a mental institution,but he won't serve too much time though they will sneak him out the back door,after a couple of months or so.You people on here are the biggest bunch of racist hypocrites and I know you proud of that,anytime someone gets killed it's a sad situation,black or white it does not matter,blacks are'nt the only ones on drugs,public assistance.So the next time you are standing in the grocery store or gas station that white person maybe paying for gas or groceries with our tax money that includes everybody white people are not the only ones who pay taxes,they will be paying with an ebt cardand you might see a black person paying with a bank card,be careful they might help you one day!!

freedombelle
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freedombelle 08/08/09 - 09:37 am
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missaugusta07, you are just a

missaugusta07, you are just a "bit" off track..the article was about a crime that was committed not a racial battle..go look in the mirror and analyze what you just said..it's just as wrong to group all white people as bad, as it is to group all black people as bad..Good is good and bad is bad...it is not about a person's color but about his/her actions !!! And what is an ebt card anyway?

curly123053
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curly123053 08/08/09 - 09:42 am
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I hope they do not sneak this

I hope they do not sneak this boy out some back door, and I do not see giving him a pass for some kind of mental fantasy either. He needs to be locked up with all the other punks for a long time if and when he is found guilty. If his comments listed in the story are accurate, then it looks to me like he is making up a story to make others think he was mentally deranged. I do not buy into those theories very well at all. Those theories are dreamed up by liberal lawyers out to stop the truth. He should never see the outside of a prison again is how I feel.

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R2 08/08/09 - 09:45 am
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He'll be out by the age of

He'll be out by the age of 21. He'll not be charged as an adult and if so, they will find some way that he won't serve time for it. Bet you.

freedombelle
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freedombelle 08/08/09 - 09:52 am
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The article says he WILL be

The article says he WILL be charged as an adult and YES he does need to be punished and I am sure the Judge in the case will be fair just as they all are usually..It's the jury that will have to make the decision and my hope is they will study the case and represent the law as it should be...I hate to see any young person waste their life this way but the law will be served..

R2
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R2 08/08/09 - 10:02 am
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He Killed someone. What

He Killed someone. What should happen to him? Let this monster roam the streets until the next time he gets an inkling to be violent? If he did this to his own sister without cause, well I can only imagine his thoughts towards others. Mental institution or jail. This young man has lost his mind if he ever had one. Don't let the blond hair fool you. CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/08/09 - 10:06 am
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This young kid definitely has

This young kid definitely has some issues and more than likely drugs are involved. The article said he has live most of his teen years from place to place? The kid is only 14, he's been a teenager for one year, how many places has he lived. Seems to me the mother didn't have enough parental control over this brat and I wonder where his birth father is. cparker, the first 8 comments on here before your racist comment were all negative and I don't see anyone taking up for this kid. R2, the article said he will be charged as an adult and as many times as he shot her I'm sure he will serve plenty of time.

ncdixon
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ncdixon 08/08/09 - 10:40 am
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What is this "he's confused",

What is this "he's confused", been shifted around to different homes. So what. That is no reason to kill. This kid is just as bad as any other kid of any color that has committed a crime like this. Where were his parents? Why was he not in school. Seems the parents did not do a good job with this kid. They should be charged also.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/08/09 - 11:39 am
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She probably wouldn't give

She probably wouldn't give him something he wanted- whether it be sex or money.

cparker
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cparker 08/08/09 - 11:41 am
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baroness... If shoe doesn't

baroness... If shoe doesn't fit.... But you know damn well what I'm talking about. If this topic was about a black kid, we would be talking about section 8, food stamps, and welfare because blacks kids act like animals and the usual BS. It just seems strange that when white kids kill, rob, steal, use meth,... All the white folks get sympathetic. This is the clearest example to prove my point for a very long time. First, immorality has no race, no gender, and no address. Finally, whites are hypocrits!! The racial divide can't be fixed if whites attack blacks with racial insults and hide their hands when white children do the exact same offenses. Race matters to white Americans more than you guys are willing to admit. Whites live by a double standard that proves their obvious racist attitude towards blacks as seen here by their lack of comments about this young white criminal...

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/08/09 - 11:49 am
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who is hiding ?? This kid is

who is hiding ?? This kid is a bad seed...plain and simple.. some folks are just born bad....not standing up for him one bit...he should be put away for life.........just as any black kid who commits murder...but you must admit whites are more apt to punish their own than blacks are..........................

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R2 08/08/09 - 11:53 am
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Whites are more apt to skirt

Whites are more apt to skirt the issue when their own does a crime.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/08/09 - 11:57 am
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blacks will deny the obvious

blacks will deny the obvious and protect a criminal more so than whites.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/08/09 - 12:21 pm
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cparker speak the truth.

cparker speak the truth.

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