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Teen’s Arrest in Blythe Killing Leaves More Questions Than Answers


An Augusta teen was arrested early Friday for fatally shooting a 50-year-old man in Blythe, authorities said.

How did they two come together in Blythe? Richmond County authorities have not released any possible motive or relationship between the two. But here is what we know:

Jerry L. Harden, victim

Alec Hadden, 18, of Longleaf Lane, Augusta, was charged with murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Jerry L. Harden of Hephzibah.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. Thursday at 4473 Etterlee Road in Blythe. Responding officers found Harden lying in the dirt driveway with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.

Investigators linked the teen to the shooting through witnesses, and he was charged with murder and weapon possession. A warrant says Hadden shot the victim in the torso, causing his death.

Harden is already being remembered on Facebook. Ashley Haakinson said, “He did not deserve to die this way!!!! Kids these days do not think about their actions!! You will be truly missed Jerry!”

(Note: If you have a better photo of the victim, please text it to The Jail Report at 803-487-3224)

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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