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1 Caught, 1 Sought in Murder of Augusta Man at Pak N Go Store


After six weeks, authorities have arrested a suspect in the murder of Keyeon Demmons of Augusta.

Victim, Keyeon Demmons

The 20-year-old victim was gunned down Sept. 29 inside a 2006 Honda Civic while the vehicle was outside the Pak N Go on Olive Road. Two others inside the car survived.

Juante Lord, 20, of Augusta, was jailed Friday on charges of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and weapon possession. Lord has one previous arrest as an adult, for marijuana possession, driving while unlicensed and speeding in Columbia County.

Still on the loose is 22-year-old Naytrone Adams, according to Richmond County authorities. He is also wanted for murder.

   The shootings happened in broad daylight around 3:30 p.m. when Demmons was shot at least one time and was pronounced dead on the scene.  Victim Mylak Wimberly was shot but survived, and Jabree Mears was also inside the Civic and survived. A motive was not released.

Several rounds of gunfire from the suspects’ weapons also struck a 2003 Jeep Cherokee, according to arrest warrants.

Demmons was a graduate of T.W. Josey High School, Class of 2018.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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