Suspect named, 2 dead after apartment altercation

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:56 AM
Last updated 5:05 PM
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Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has named a suspect in the double stabbing murder at a south Augusta apartment complex early this morning.

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Joshua Bernard Ferguson, 52, will be charged with two counts of murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in the slayings of Jesse Albert Haynes, 42, and Rodney Antrone Crane, 27.

Both men suffered multiple stab wounds and were pronounced dead at 5 a.m. in apartment A-5 at Glenwood II Apartments off of Lumpkin Road, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

A friend of the deceased men stopped by the apartment to check on the two men. Upon his arrival, he found the two men in a pool of blood.

When deputies arrived to the scene they found a trail of blood leading from apartment A-5 to apartment A-7, which is directly above the apartment, said Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles.

Richmond County SWAT had to force entry into the apartment A-7 where they found a significant amount of blood and Mr. Ferguson barricaded in the bathroom of the apartment. After deputies talked to the men through the door for several minutes, Mr. Ferguson surrendered.

He was treated for minor cuts to one of his hands at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Mr. Ferguson is a convicted felon, who is currently on parole for a voluntary manslaughter charge in 1984.

More details about the number of stab wounds to the victims will be announced after autopsies are complete at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

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DEVGRU 05/20/09 - 10:29 pm
This newspaper would be

This newspaper would be sorely missed. I wouldn't be able to build a fire in my fireplace.

Grasshopper 05/20/09 - 10:37 pm
Black on Black crime, what

Black on Black crime, what happened to the cause? What happened to the war on drugs? The war on poverty had the reverse effect, I am not surprise LBJ... Socialism does not work, do we have a great society?

enana03 05/20/09 - 11:02 pm
It's sad that society today

It's sad that society today has little sympathy for tragedies such as this one. People, where is your compassion for the victims, their families and loved ones? Don't you even wonder what provoked this attack? There is a lot more to this story than what we now know.

colcamp1 05/21/09 - 08:34 am
MILTON, that obsession with

MILTON, that obsession with Blacks, will eventually kill you. You should be concerned about all crime, regardless of the race of those involved.

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