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Augusta Officials Struggling to Identify City’s Latest Murder Victim


Richmond County authorities were going door to door in the rain Thursday, trying to identify the area’s latest murder victim.

The man was found shot around lunchtime Thursday on the 1000 block of 14th Avenue, sheriff’s Sgt. Caleb Lee said. He was found when deputies responded to the area for a suspicious person. The shooting victim was rushed to the Augusta University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:43 p.m. Thursday, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

On Friday, the coroner identified the man as 63-year-old Earl Johnson, a homeless man. He has spent much of his adult life in and out of prison, with six stints in Georgia prison for crimes including burglary and forgery. He also has previous arrests for cocaine possession and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Investigators are treating the case as a homicide. No arrest or suspect information was released. An autopsy is scheduled.

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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