Deputies say man beat cousin to death with crowbar

September 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---25-year-old Brian Lorenzo Smoot is in custody, charged with the murder of 24-year-old Donte Safford.

Richmond County deputies say Safford arrived at Smoot's home at 2344 1/2 Shadowood Drive at around 6 o'clock this morning, and the two got into a fight. Deputies say during the fight, Safford was struck several times in the head and body with a crowbar and later died due to head trauma.

Investigators recovered the crowbar a short distance from the scene.

Smoot and Safford were first cousins, and the Shadowood home belonged to their grandfather.

Smoot is being held in the Richmond County Jail.

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