Category Archives: Georgia

Killed – Donald Bernard Lewis (Savannah, GA)

Donald Bernard Lewis

A shooting early Saturday morning on Savannah State University’s campus left one man dead.

The victim, 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis, was not a student at the college, said SSU spokeswoman Loretta Heyward. No additional injuries were reported.

It was unclear Saturday what led to the shooting at the University Village before 3:30 a.m. that was responded to by campus police, Savannah-Chatham police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Killed – Willy Casey Jr (Augusta, GA)

Willy Casey Jr

Augusta, Ga (WRDW) — Richmond county deputies have determined a fatal shooting over the weekend was in self defense.

The shooting happened around 3:00am Saturday.

When authorities arrived at the scene Willie Casey Jr. had been shot.

Casey later died at the hospital.

Anthony Hampton and his mother Michelle Hampton were both questioned in the shooting–but no criminal charges will be filed–224727082.html

Killed – David Scott (Columbus, GA)

David Scott

A 34-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Thursday night near the intersection of Seventh Street and Coolidge Avenue, according to a Columbus Police report.

Nina Street resident David Scott, 34, was still alive but wounded when an officer saw him in his white Chevrolet Impala at about 10:40 p.m. An unnamed passenger told police that an unknown number of people in a Ford pickup truck shot at them between 10:30 p.m. and 10:35 p.m.

Homicide detectives are looking for a suspect driving a gold, or tan, Ford pick-up truck in the investigation of a murder that took place at the intersection of 7th St. and Coolidge Ave. on September 19, 2013.

Investigators say 34-year-old David Scott was shot and killed during the incident. Scott was taken to Columbus Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead in the early morning on September 20.

According to police, when the officers first arrived at the scene, they found a white Chevrolet Impala in the middle of the road with its back wheels on the curb. Scott was in the driver’s seat, and had been shot in the head.

Another passenger was also in the car at the time, but he was unharmed.

Five suspects in total have been arrested for the murder of David Scott.

Three of the men were in court on Sept. 27.

Tyrecquiss Wells, Jayln Dixon, and Christopher Whitaker all pleaded not guilty to the shooting death of David Scott.

The fourth suspect, Christopher Pender, was in the hospital with internal injuries after being shot during Scott’s murder. Pender was shot in the hip and released from the hospital a few days later. He pleaded not-guilty at a preliminary hearing on Oct. 11.

A fifth suspect in the David Scott murder case was also arrested. Donald Fair, 20, has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Arson in the first degree, and criminal attempt-armed robbery.

Scott was gunned down while sitting in a car on the corner of Coolidge Avenue and 7th street on September 19, 2013.

Update: The suspects charged in last week’s fatal shooting of David Scott wounded one of their own while firing about 30 shots at the car Scott was driving at Seventh Street and Coolidge Avenue, police testified today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Three of the suspects faced murder charges today. A fourth, Christopher Pender, remains under guard in the hospital after one of his accomplices hit him with a bullet that entered his hip and exited his right buttock, police said. He also has been charged with murder, and will be jailed upon his release from the hospital, officers said.

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Killed – Bennie J. Hill (Tifton, GA)


Tifton Police are investigating the death of a 35 year-old robbery suspect who was killed in a botched robbery attempt Thursday night.

They say the clerk pulled out a gun and shot the man they believe to be Bennie Hill multiple times.

GBI agents said it happened at the Funny Fruit Thrift Store on 1424 Tift Avenue. The Thrift Store owner, who asked not to be identified, said the suspect tried to rob the clerk at gunpoint between 7:30-8pm.

“We estimate around 8:53pm, a tall, heavy-set black male had come into the store wearing a do-rag to cover part of his face, a dark blue shirt and gray pants,” said Lt. Lee Dunston of the Tifton Police Department.

Officers say the suspect, later identified a 35 year-old Bennie J. Hill, was carrying what appeared to be a gun wrapped in a cloth.

“He confronted the store employee near the back of the store and demanded money,” Dunston said. “The employee pulled a handgun and shot multiple times at the offender. The offender was struck multiple times.”

Hill ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and drove off, but got into a wreck five blocks away from the store near Old Ocilla Road and East 12th Street.

“I don’t know who actually determined that it was possibly the suspect,” Dunston said. “But multiple officers with the police department and deputies with the Sheriff’s department responded to the accident scene and quickly were able to determine that it was in fact the suspect from the armed robbery.”

Officers say Hill was taken to Tift Regional Hospital, where he died from his wounds shortly after arriving.

Killed – Michael Whittle (Macon, GA)

Michael Whittle

Laurens County deputies arrested a 22-year-old man charging him with the shooting death of Mike Whittle.

Whittle, 51, was shot to death Thursday morning at about 6 a.m., about 15 feet from the front door of his trailer on Howard Road near the Laurens-Dodge County line.

Jesse Rowland was arrested by deputies and state troopers a couple of hours later, according to a sheriff’s office news release. He is being held in the Laurens County jail.

Killed – Leland Sims (Lithonia, GA)


A drive-by shooting in Lithonia Monday night claimed the life of a man, police say. Leland Sims, 26, was shot by suspects who fled the area.

He was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 6300 block of Phillips Court, WSB reports. Several houses on the street were riddled with bullets as a result of the gunfire.

Killed – Deirdre Smith (Austell, GA)

Deirdre Smith

Cobb County police have arrested a teenager in connection with a Monday night shooting that left an Austell woman dead and several children injured.

It appears that a neighborhood dispute escalated and shots were exchanged around 8:40 p.m. in the 7000 block of Oakhill Circle, Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb County police said.

One woman was shot to death and another woman was injured, Pierce said. Several children were injured, either shot or hit by debris. The wounded were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman killed was identified Tuesday as Deirdre Smith, 47.

Cobb police spokesman Mike Bowman said late Tuesday morning that investigators have arrested 17-year-old Khalil Kelly of Austell, and charged him with murder and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Two men will spend decades in prison for killing a woman and injuring two children in a 2013 shooting, the Cobb County District Attorney said Wednesday.

A jury convicted Samuel Rickey Blackwell, 34, of Atlanta, and Khalil Kelly, 19, of Austell, on murder, aggravated assault, child cruelty and firearms possession charges for the Sept. 16, 2013 crimes at an Oakhill Drive apartment complex in Austell, DA Vic Reynolds said.

Deirdre Smith, 47, was trying to break up a dispute between Blackwell and Kelly when she was caught in the crossfire, according to police. Smith was killed and two children were injured in the shooting.