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When Your Friend Gets Killed Trying to Rob Someone & You Go to Jail for Murder…


Richmond County authorities have charged a Waynesboro man with murder after his friend died while trying to rob someone in October, authorities said.

Montrez Scott, 20, was arrested Thursday on a single count of murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Ryan Lovette.

Ryan Lovette

Authorities say Scott traveled to the robbery with Lovette, so he was a party to the deadly crime and therefore responsible for the resulting death.

The attempted robbery happened on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, on Lumpkin Road. Authorities say Lovette had gone to a residence and tried to rob a subject there at gunpoint prior to being shot.

When deputies rushed to the shooting, they found Lovette lying in the driveway unresponsive with at least one apparent gunshot wound. Deputies also located another victim, Dontavious Cooper, who had also been shot.

Both Lovette and Cooper were transported to Augusta University Medical Center for treatment. Lovette died from his injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical staff. Cooper was treated and later released for his injuries. No charges were filed against the victim for shooting Lovette.

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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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