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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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