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3 Men Killed Victim in Augusta & Dumped Body on a Road in Burke County, Cops Say


Three Augusta men have been charged in last month’s murder of a man whose body was dumped in Burke County.

Willie Warren Johnson 51, Carl Grady Rouse 61, and Albert Killebre III, 35, are each charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Morris Harden Jr., authorities said.

Morris Harden Jr., victim

The July 10 killing may be drug-related, and there is evidence the victim was kidnapped and may have been taken from his home before being killed at a residence on 9th Avenue in Augusta, authorities say.

Harden had been shot and killed in a home on 9th Avenue in Augusta and then his body was brought to Watkins Pond Road and dumped,” said Capt. Jimmy Wylds with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson and Rouse were additionally charged with kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Killebrew, a parolee, was charged with weapon possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Johnson and Rouse are currently in the Burke County detention center, and Killebrew is in the Richmond County detention center on unrelated charges.

“This is an on-going investigation and more arrest are forth coming,” Capt. Wylds said.

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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