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Augusta Man Arrested in Last Month’s Shooting Death of Teenager


Richmond County authorities have arrested a suspect in the Jan. 28 murder of a man who was found shot to death in the middle of an Augusta street.

James Marquis Leverett, 29, of Augusta, was found Tuesday with the help of U.S. Marshals. He has been charged in the death of 19-year-old Johndrick Oliphant. He is the same man charged in 2011 with multiple counts of aggravated child molestation, but court records indicate those charges were eventually dismissed.

Johndrick Oliphant

Oliphant was shot at least once, and his body was found by deputies on the 4200 block of Stone Road. Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose Sr. pronounced him dead at 11:05 a.m. Jan. 28. A blue Nissan Sentra was later sought in connection with the homicide, but it was found.

There were reports that Oliphant had been a suspect in an unsolved homicide from last year, but he was never charged in that case. Khalil Baker, 23, was fatally shot on Dec. 1 on Richmond Hill Road West.


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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