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Fatal shooting ruled justifiable homicide

Posted: March 20, 2012 - 5:06pm  |  Updated: March 21, 2012 - 9:33am
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Anthony Graddy, 35, of Hephzibah, stands in front of the GMC Suburban that Patrick Smith, 33, of Augusta, was found passed out in Feb. 24 after he was shot inside an Evans home on Blanchard Road. Smith and Graddy tried to rob three men inside the home for drugs and/or money, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt Steve Morris. Smith died from his gunshot wounds, and Graddy was charged with burglary, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Morris said.  Jenna Martin
Jenna Martin
Anthony Graddy, 35, of Hephzibah, stands in front of the GMC Suburban that Patrick Smith, 33, of Augusta, was found passed out in Feb. 24 after he was shot inside an Evans home on Blanchard Road. Smith and Graddy tried to rob three men inside the home for drugs and/or money, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt Steve Morris. Smith died from his gunshot wounds, and Graddy was charged with burglary, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Morris said.

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The death of an Augusta man fatally shot during a Feb. 24 shooting on Blanchard Road was determined to be a justifiable homicide, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Tuesday.

Patrick Smith, 33, was shot when he and accomplice Anthony Graddy, 35, of the 4300 block of Creek View Drive in Hephzibah, entered the home at 627 Blanchard Road in Evans to rob those inside, Morris said.

Smith, who was shot by one of three men inside the home, 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.

Smith died the next day at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and pelvis.

Graddy later was charged with burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Morris said. He is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

A resident of the home, Philip Marshall, 44, was shot in the back during the same incident, but survived.

Another resident, Reggie Demond Bennett, 27, and Benjamin McKie Jr., 46, of the 3600 block of Meadowgrove Drive in Augusta, also were inside the house, Morris said.

Bennett was charged with giving false statements, while McKie was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and giving false statements. Both men remain jailed without bond.

A fight between Smith and Marshall about “drugs and/or money” led to the shooting, Morris said.

Morris did not specify which man shot Smith.

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