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Augusta Man Shot Visitor & Buried Him in Shallow Grave Behind House, Cops Say

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An Augusta felon has been arrested for shooting a visitor to his home and burying him behind his home in a shallow grave.

John Daniels Jr., 41, of Meadowlark Drive, confessed to shooting 55-year-old John Fitzgerald Jones while they were both at the suspect’s house. Daniels was charged Tuesday with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Victim John Jones

The victim had been missing for several days when investigators went to Daniels’ home on Tuesday. The resident allowed Investigator Ronald Sylvester to search his residence. Officers eventually found the victim “in a shallow grave behind a residence,” Coroner Mark Bowen said.

“The body has been in the grave for several days,” the coroner said.

Note: If you have a better photo or memory of the victim, John Jones, please text it to The Jail Report at 803-487-3224. 

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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.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is ridiculous and sad. First you kill the individual but to top it off bury him in a shallow grave in the back yard. He could have asked the man to leave or call the police and have his escorted off of the property instead of killing him. Now I pray that you receive the harshest sentence they can give you. No one deserves to have their life taken like this. 😭😭

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