Only on 12: Family of man who died in jail speaks out

News 12 at 11:00, March 24, 2008

AUGUSTA, GA -- Agents are officially calling it a death investigation, but sources say 21-year-old Willie Casey probably hung himself in his cell in the Richmond County jail Monday. It happened right after a visit with a family member, according to the jail log.

Investigators say he was not on suicide watch.

Casey was in jail on murder charges. Deputies say he and a 12-year-old boy killed a 65-year-old Augusta man last week over money.

Casey's mother wants to see her son's body, but investigators will not let her, so she is reached out to News 12 to help her get some answers.

"I found out over the TV news. Nobody came out to my house. Nobody let me know nothing, " says Dorothy Dawson. "I know he wouldn't hurt nobody, and I know he wouldn't kill himself. I just can't believe that he killed himself. I just can't believe it."

She says it would help her believe it if she could see the body, but investigators won't let her. News 12 did some digging to help her find out why.

The investigation is on-going, and there is no official cause of death yet.
That can't be determined until the autopsy. So, for now, Casey's body is evidence and letting anyone besides an investigator or coroner look at it might cause problems. As soon as the autopsy is over, Casey's body will be released to the family.

It will take some time, but eventually the family will get the closure they're looking for.

Casey's mom says not long before he was arrested, Casey proposed to his girlfriend of more than two years. That's why it's hard for her to understand why someone who had so many plans for the future could do this.


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  • by sparkle Location: underwood on Mar 26, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    I FEEL LIKE YA'LL PEOPLE LEAVING THESE HATEFUL COMMENTS NEED TO STOP THIS CAUSE NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO MY COUSIN
  • by maria Location: augusta on Mar 26, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    We can all sit back and make comments about this and that, but realisticly no one deserves to lose their life. Under no circumstances. My prayers and sympathy go out to all three families who have to endure this entire tragedy. It sadens me to see my generation of people losing their lives and freedom. May God be with them all.
  • by marie Location: augusta on Mar 25, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    it seems to be a lot of confusion...for one there is no visitation rights except for sat, sun,and wed and that floor was on lock down that weekend but yet they say it happened on monday morning??? I thought his family found out about this on the news??? so who was even there to visit on monday?? and for that type of sentence how and the world could he have the tools to hang his self, dtuff like that it not aloud in there....someone really needs to investigate
  • by Anonymous Location: Hephzibah on Mar 25, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    I am sorry for this family lost but do they know how the other family is feeling since they too lost someone they love. It is sad to say but instead of them investigating what happened to their son they should be trying to find a way to show the other family how sad they are for their lost not to mention how their son had an impact on a 12 year old life. A young man life is ruined because of him and it is sad. Their son should have ben a mentor to that young man instead he was a horrible influence. We need to be a mentor to ou future kids and show them ways to grow and be there for each other instead of killing each other.
  • by Ginger Location: in beautiful Evans on Mar 25, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    It seems that the Mom is trying to throw the blame on someone in the jail and not her son. I know parents don't like to believe their little kids could grow up to be killers but it happens. The police should have been sent to tell her first but it didn't happen and this won't be the last time something like this happens.
  • by ken Location: augusta on Mar 25, 2008 at 09:37 AM
    Dear Mom It appears your son really didn"t have any real future plans for himself and the girlfriend. In fact I'll bet in a couple of years he won't even look at a girlfriend. Honestly, I believe the man that was brutally murdered probably had some future plans also and mom you should be saddened at his death, not acting like you never taught him to love his fellow man.
  • by ICY Location: AuG on Mar 25, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    Patrick, check your reading comprehension, the headline states "Family of Man, Speaks Out" learn how to read and comprehend.
  • by Opinionated Location: Augusta on Mar 25, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    The mother doesn't believe he could hurt anyone nor does she believe he would hang himself? Sounds like she didn't know her son as well as she thought she did.
  • by Another Mother Location: Augusta on Mar 25, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    Ms. Dawson, I agree that you should not have to hear about your son's death on TV. Someone should have come to your home and told you in person. I can also understand you having a hard time accepting your son would do such a thing to himself and another person. It is truly unfortunate and hard to accept that people can do such horrible things to others but it happens all too often. In this case, a 65 year has lost his life, your son is gone and a 12 year olds world has changed forever. We all need to step forward and stop the violence, try to break up gangs and learn to love one another. Please keep in mind, when a crime is committed the responsible individual needs to pay for it. I know it is hard to accept but the law is the law and it needs to fit the crime.
  • by none Location: augusta on Mar 25, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Im confused I have a relative at the same jail and I thought all rules applied to them all visitation is sat, sun and wed i thought those were the only days ANYONE could get a visit... It says he did it right after a visit from a family memeber on monday how is that so because we couldnt see our brother this weekend because the 6th floor was on lock down and thats where murder robbery and burgulars reside until sentencing.... so im assuming somethin is swept under the rug on this i think he was deceased sat night before day on sunday or early sunday morning... we were told before making a sec trip down there on sunday they were off of lock down and when we get there they were back on lock down... Im seriously wondering if this had anything to do with them STILL being on lock down
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