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Cops: Hephzibah Man Fired Shotgun at Boy Twice Before It Fired & Killed Child!


A Hephzibah man has been charged with murder in Monday’s shocking shooting death of a 6-year-old child living in his home.

Benjamin Wesley Goodson, 32, of 1602 Keron Way, allegedly pointed a shotgun at 6-year-old Eugene Stamey and pulled the trigger. But the weapon didn’t go off, according to warrants.

So Goodson pulled back the hammer and fired again, point blank, striking the child in the chest and killing him, according to arrest warrants.

The child appears to be the son of a woman Goodson was living with. She was possibly his girlfriend, authorities said. A motive is not clear, but warrants accused Goodson of being cruel to the child in a malicious way.

The suspect is charged with murder under the Family Violence Act, aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, cruelty to children in the first degree and weapon possession.

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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. I often wonder if these people do these things because they have never been taught to respect others? That poor little boy, must of had a very rough life, with this man in his home with his Mom. I pity the Mom, she chose to live with this “man” and I use that term loosely, and she must live with the consequences of having him in her home. Prayers the Little Guy is at peace and in Gods loving hands.

    • Maybe you should reframe from your personal opinion until all the facts are clearly stated. This family is going through enough grief without having individuals saying things based on loose information or your own personal experience .

      • Well keep us informed since you are on the inside loop, that way we can have your permission to exercise our freedom of speech about how much guilt this mom has about her son get shot in the chest because of the wise choice she made to shack up with him.

          • I’m 5, my momma left me alone with some dip$hit because she was too worried about getting her tits licked, so I got on his phone to argue with an old hag about how another little boy, same circumstances as mine, died because his momma was probably coddled by another old hag, continuing a vicious cycle. Quit making excuses and take out the trash.

  2. When we hear about things happening like this, it is such a demented event that we have a tendency to forget the part of our legal sysrem…innocent until proven guilty. When I first heard about this tragedy, I was furious. However, words against the victims are hurtful and long lasting…even after we have all moved on which is why I posted my first comment.

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