Murder suspect dead

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March 24, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Murder suspect 21-year-old Willie Casey is dead in a possible suicide at the Richmond Co. jail. Casey and a 12-year-old Augusta boy are accused in a deadly home invasion in Harrisburg last week.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is handling the case. Agent Gary Nicholson says they got the call around lunchtime. Agents are currently at the jail investigating Casey's death.

The discovery came hours after the 12-year-old appeared in court to answer to his charges in the case.

65-year-old Roosevelt Cowins was shot three times late Wednesday night at his home on Fenwick Street. Investigators say Casey and the 12-year-old committed the home invasion in order to collect a debt, then the crime turned into a murder.

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