An Augusta inmate being held for burglary was identified Friday as the person who killed a man over the holidays and then burned the body on 4-H Club Road, authorities said
The victim was likely shot on Simpkins Lane on Dec. 22 and his body taken to 4-H Club Road, where he was found dead and burned on Dec. 26.
“The victim at this time is being identified as ‘JOHN DOE’ as investigators are still awaiting positive identification of the victim. Once positive identification has been made the identity will be released,” sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel Sr. said in a press release.
Allen, of Forest Road, Hephzibah, was arrested on Dec. 26 for burglary and felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RICHMOND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
On 12/22/16 around 0800 hours the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3600 block of Simpkins Ln in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival officers located some blood in the area but no victim indicating that someone had been injured, possibly from the shooting.
On 12/26/16 around 1750 hours the Sheriff’s Office responded to 4H-Club Rd and Hwy 56 (Mike Padgett Hwy) where a unidentified male body had been found deceased and burned. Investigators were able to link the body found on 12/26/16 to the incident on Simpkins Ln from 12/22/16.
Investigators believe they know who the victim is, but are awaiting positive identification from the GBI. There is a suspect, Zackary Allen W/M (25 YOA) of the 4300 block of Forest Rd, who is in the Charles B Webster Detention Center on unrelated charges, which is now also being charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime for this incident.
The victim at this time is being identified as “JOHN DOE” as Investigators are still awaiting positive identification of the victim. Once positive identification has been made the identity will be released.