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Suspect Wanted for Killing Aiken Father is Captured in Florida


A fugitive wanted for killing an Aiken father in October was captured Friday in Florida after cops got a tip.

Robert Gene Payne II, 29, was wanted for murder and weapon possession in the Oct. 2 slaying of 38-year-old Clifton Tyler. The victim was found dead at 3123 Wagener Road where deputies responded to a shooting incident at 5:19 a.m. on that Saturday. Witnesses told deputies that they heard gunfire and saw the suspect fleeing in a dark SUV.

3123 Wagener Road, Aiken (file Google image from 2019)

Witnesses say Tyler lived in the upper apartment of the building, which has a business downstairs. A Google search lists the address as the location for a paint & body shop.

On Friday afternoon, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office acted on a tip and captured  arrested Payne. The suspect is being held in the Duval County Jail in Jacksonville pending his extradition to Aiken County.

Taveisha Danike Porter

On Oct. 14, investigators arrested 28-year-old Taveisha Danike Porter for accessory after the fact to murder in this case. At the same time, they named Payne as a suspect and put out a wanted poster. But he remained on the run for three months.

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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.
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