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What We Know About Smitty Melton, The Man Wanted for Killing City Worker in Augusta


Authorities are hunting Smitty Melton for the brazen shotgun-death of a code enforcement employee.

The victim’s name was not immediately released. Witnesses say Melton shot the victim three times, possibly in the face, with a shotgun while he was on 13th Avenue for an inspection.

 Previous arrests of the 65-year-old suspect shows he has an address of 1224 13th Avenue in Augusta. Here are his arrest history, according to online records from Richmond County.

  • Aug. 29, 2014: Driving while license suspended
  • Oct. 13, 2012: Possession of controlled substance, driving while license suspended (drug charge was pled down to disorderly conduct)
  • Dec. 27, 2010: Driving with a suspended license, no proof of insurance
  • April 25, 2006: Driving while expired license
  • May 2, 2000: Laying drags
  • Jan. 10, 1998: Aggravated assault (dismissed in 1999)

In Aiken County, he also has a history of charges, including many traffic offenses. However, he had a serious charge of unlawful neglect of a child in 2003 that was dismissed and a stolen pistol charge in 1997 that was also dismissed.

In Thursday’s killing, investigators were called to the scene around 9:53 a.m.

    Commissioner Dennis Williams told local reporters that the victim was there for an inspection when the suspect shot him three times.

   “It’s a sad day for Augusta,” Williams said. “But it’s the way our society is going.”

   A wanted poster says that Melton is wanted for Murder in reference to a Homicide that occurred on the 1200 block of 13th Avenue Augusta, GA 30904 on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

  Any information concerning this subject, please contact Inv. Walter McNeil 706-821-1078, or any On-Duty Investigator at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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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.


  1. Always the case, no matter how many times someone is charged with a crime, until s/he finally murders someone there’s never any long term prison time. How does a judge just dismiss an assault, a child endangerment event and so many driving violations? the fact that this man disobeyed the law so many times should have been obvious to someone that he was heading in this direction.

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