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Augusta Man Arrested in Weekend Murder of His Cousin


An Augusta man has been arrested in Saturday’s shooting death of his cousin on Shalimar Drive, authorities said.

Zaiara Dontrice Smith, 28, was charged with murder and weapon possession in the death of 21-year-old Tobias Fleming. Until this arrest, Smith has only minor offenses in his past including one domestic violence arrest and a traffic charge.

Tobias in 2018. (Facebook photo)

The victim was shot at least one time around 4 p.m. Saturday on the street, near a dumpster, where he lived. Fleming was transported to Augusta University Medical Center by EMS, where he was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m., Coroner Mark Bowen said.

The sheriff’s office gave no details on a possible motive.


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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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