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2 Charged with Killing Augusta Man Near His Home


An Augusta man was fatally shot Thursday night near his home on Tullocks Hill Drive and two people were arrested in the murder, authorities said.

Michael Bartholomew Nixon, 21, was shot around 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the end of his block at the intersection with Glenn Hills Drive. Responding deputies found him on the ground suffering from at least one gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Cecil Martin, 17, and Cequez Ceni’Je Jones, 20, were both charged with murder and weapon possession in the death. Arrest warrants say that Martin drove up in a blue Nissan Sentra, Jones stepped out and fatally shot the victim before the pair fled the scene.

Both men are being held without bond at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

Jones has been in and out of jail several times in his young life, including arrests for a 2020 child molestation as well as armed robbery and aggravated assault cases in 2021. But all of those charges were dismissed within the last year or two. He has pending charges for interference with government property and illegal contraband by an inmate, charges that have remain unresolved over the last year.

The slaying comes just three months after an unsolved homicide on Glenn Hills Drive. A Hephzibah man, Isaiah McKnight, 20, died from injuries sustained in a Nov. 5 shooting on Glenn Hills Drive at Claudia Drive in Augusta. McKnight was shot and pronounced dead at Wellstar MCG Health.

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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