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Augusta Woman Fatally Stabs Roommate, Three Months After He Slammed Her Head Into Truck


An Augusta woman was charged Monday night with fatally stabbing her male roommate at their home on Greene Street.

Sheila Downs, 49, is accused of stabbing John Timothy Hoard with a kitchen knife around 10 p.m. Monday at 1942 Greene Street, authorities say. He was 52, according to the coroner.

The death came just three months after Hoard was arrested for allegedly slamming Downs head against a parked pick-up truck outside their home.

1942 Greene Street, Augusta, Ga. (Google Maps)

That Aug. 11 incident caused her significant bleeding to her head, and led to a battery charged against Hoard. He went to court in September and pled guilty and got 12 months of probation and fines.

After deputies were called to a domestic incident Monday night between the same pair, officers found Hoard with stab wounds. Paramedics rushed him to Augusta University Medical Center, where he died soon after from his injuries.

Downs has been charged with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. She has a previous arrest from years ago for cocaine and marijuana possession, but the charges were later dismissed. Downs also has a series of arrests over a decade old for traffic charges, including a hit & run and fleeing police that got her some jail time.

Note: If you have a better photo of Hoard to share, please text it to 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.
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