Martinez teen kills invader
An armed Columbia County teen stopped a home invasion late Wednesday by shooting and killing the burglar.
The teen shot Justin Anthony Stephens, 19, of Grovetown, with a .22-caliber rifle after he broke into the teen’s apartment and fought with his father, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Stephens and another man broke into a Petersburg Square apartment about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. After a brief struggle with the resident, the man’s 15-year-old son fired at least two rounds. One bullet hit Stephens in the back and another in the arm, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.
Stephens was found just outside the first-floor apartment, Collins said.
Morris said the second burglar ran away, and there is no indication that he was injured. He was described as black, about 5-foot-6, and wearing black clothing and a mask. He is still being sought.
Two arrested in Evans shooting
Columbia County authorities arrested two men Wednesday in connection to a fatal shooting Feb. 24 in Evans.
Benjamin McKie Jr., 46, of the 3600 block of Meadowgrove Drive in Augusta, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and giving false statements. Reggie Demond Bennett, 27, of 627 Blanchard Road in Evans, was charged with giving false statements, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Both men are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center. McKie is being held without bond, while bond for Bennett was set at $10,000, Morris said.
The shooting occurred at Bennett’s home.
Patrick Smith, 33, died Saturday at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and pelvis, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said Monday.
Resident Philip Marshall, 44, was shot in the back during the same incident, but survived, Morris said.
Smith was found passed out in the driver’s seat of a GMC Suburban on the side of Blanchard Road. An unloaded 9 mm handgun was found on the passenger seat of the SUV.
Morris said Wednesday that another gun also was recovered at the scene.
A fight between Smith and Marshall led to the shooting, but Morris gave no more details on what started the altercation.
Lakeside Middle girl charged
Columbia County authorities arrested a female Lakeside Middle School pupil Wednesday after she emulated the Charlie Rape Gang.
The 12-year-old girl was caught “dry-humping” several classmates in hallways and a classroom while shouting “CRG,” the initials for the Charlie Rape Gang, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Five Lakeside Middle pupils calling themselves the Charlie Rape Gang appeared in Columbia County Juvenile Court the same day as this new incident on charges of simple battery for knocking down and dry-humping classmates. Two 13-year-old boys were expelled. Another 13-year-old and two 12-year-olds were allowed back in school, but still might face expulsion once they appear before a school system hearing officer.
The girl appeared Wednesday before Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan, who said she attempted sexual contact with at least three boys. She was charged with simple battery, sexual battery against a child under 16, and disruption or interference with operation of a public school.
Flanagan sent the girl to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Sandersville, Ga., and said he intends to make her undergo a psychological evaluation.
Alleged killer of roommate has court hearing
The case against a Martinez woman accused of killing her 63-year-old roommate will continue in Superior Court.
Columbia County Magistrate Court ruled at a Tuesday hearing that there is enough evidence against Yvette Taylor, 47, to continue prosecuting her.
Taylor was arrested Feb. 11 for the death of Theodore Crew.
She initially told police that she left the apartment she shared with Crew at about 1 a.m., then returned seven hours later to find Crew unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Taylor was Crew’s caregiver.
Taylor claimed she spent the night with her mother and aunt, who admitted to police she didn’t. They said she brought over bloody clothes and a box cutter that police later found in a wooded area behind the apartment complex.
Deputies found an overturned plastic lawn chair with blood on and around it and a trail of blood leading to the bathroom. Crew was found nude on the bathroom floor, which also was covered in blood.
Crew had a large gash to his face and another on his arm. An autopsy determined he died from cutting and stabbing wounds.
Taylor is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.