Update: Victims identified in double murder in south Augusta

By: newsroom@wrdw.com
By: newsroom@wrdw.com

May 20, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.-- Richmond County Investigators tell News 12, two people are dead in what they believe is a double murder at Glenwood II Apartments on Lumpkin road. That's off Deans Bridge Road in south Augusta.

The victims have been identified as Rodney Crane, 27 years old of Augusta and Jesse Haynes, 42 years old, also from Augusta. The coroner says both were stabbed multiple times.

Investigators say 52-year old Joshua Ferguson is the man responsible. He is a convicted felon on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter dating back to a 1984 court case in Richmond County.

Investigators tell News 12, around 3:00 a.m., a family came home and found two people dead in a downstairs apartment. Deputies saw a trail of blood from the apartment to an apartment upstairs. They say Ferguson was hiding in the upstairs apartment. When deputies knocked, he answered, then slammed the door. The SWAT team was then called in, and after some negotiation Ferguson was taken into custody. Deputies then took Ferguson to the hospital to treat some cuts on his hand and later transported to the jail.

Richmond County deputies evacuated the apartment building where the suspect was hiding. Residents of the other apartments in the complex were told to stay inside.

"It's not safe nowhere, no more. " A man who identified himself as Darrell lives in an apartment that backs up to the unit where the men's bodies were found. "When I walked through the door, it was just like someone bamming up against the walls and there you hear somebody arguing and it lasted for like a good five minutes and then it stopped."

Darrell one of many neighbors who want to know why Ferguson was allowed to live there, in the first place. Ferguson served five years of a ten year sentence for voluntary manslaughter, then in 1994, convicted again, on two counts of burglary. Ferguson was sentenced to 20 years in jail, he served just 13; allowed back into society to move a few doors down from Darrell, and even closer to where the two murders happened.

"It makes me real nervous,." adds Darrell. " I understand you can have protection in your home, I don't know what to do now."

We did try to contact the Glenwood Apartment complex to see if they do any kind of background checks on their residents, but our message was not returned

Investigators say they still have no motive for the double homicide. They aren't even sure how well the suspect knew the two victims.

As for the 1984 case, it's in storage, so investigators aren't sure who the victim was or the circumstances surrounding the killing at this time.


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  • by POOPIE Location: GLOVERVILLE on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    MY CUSN RODNEY DESERVE LIFE NOT DEAH HE HAVE 4 BABYS BHND I MISS YU RC
  • by poopie Location: gloverville on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    my cousin did nt desever it he was at the wrong lace wrong time . e left bhnd 4 little babys thAT HE GAVE THE WORLD TO. IM NOT SAYN THAT ONLY BKUS HE WAS MY CUZ BUT HE WAS A GOOD LOVING AD LL WAYS THERE PERSON. ILOVE IN MISS YOU CRANE RC TO THE STREETS AND CUZ TO ME
  • by reggie Location: augusta on May 21, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO BOTH FAMILIES MAY GOD CARRY YOU THROUGH THIS TOUGH TIMES. I DEDICATE THIS SONG TOO YOU BY YOLANDA ADAMSTO THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS ITS THE LORD.TO MY TWO BLK BROTHES RIP!!!!!!!!!
  • by bIG BOI Location: UP UR TELL AROUND THE CONNER on May 21, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    HE BETTER B LUCKY HE GOT COUGHT HE GOING TOO GET HE'S ANY WAY N JAIL OR OUT HERE RODNEY WAS LIKE A BROTHER TOO ME THATS MY CUZ I MISS HIM LIKE CRAZY MY SUNSET FOR LIFE RODNEY UR GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN LOVE U BRA...........r.i.p. RODNEY
  • by sharon Location: augusta on May 21, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    IT IS SO SAD TO SEE R BLACK PEOPLE GETTING KILLED EVERYDAY BY R OWN IT REALLY SAD!!!!!!! RODNEY CRANE&FAYETTVILLE R*I*P
  • by Tasha Location: Georgia on May 21, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    To Bob: LOL. There was still crime while Bush was in office as well so you can talk about OUR president as much as you'd like. But guess what, it most-definitely doesn't hurt him, nor does it change the fact that WE still have a BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN in office to lead our country. So you Bob, can officially (and politically) KICK ROCKS!!!!!
  • by coco Location: Around the way on May 20, 2009 at 09:51 PM
    Ya know this is a tragedy on everyone's behalf. Althought this man is a convicted felon, I know for a fact he still had someone that loved him dearly. Prison is a rough place from what I've been told and sometimes when a person is locked up they become an animal. I believe the prison system is a failure. It's a sad thing thing someone will actually take someone else life. God has to be in your heart mind body and soul because we as humans make so many mistakes and this had to be a huge mistake. I know Mr. Ferguson wish he would've left it in God's hand and not in his own. He F--- his life up 50 something and going back to prison? That's sad My heart goes out to the families involved. Ms. Viv stay strong. Some mistakes are preventable he didn't have to snap!!
  • by mr jones Location: glenwood 2 apt on May 20, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    my name is mr jones and people is not safe no matter where we move i doint have much money but i have to move ,i doint feal safe living out here .the young boys run glewood 2 apt ,the owner doint ...
  • by Lashaun Location: Augusta on May 20, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Who cares about a declarative sentence? and personally im no english major or nothing, but i believe your sentence is incorrect as well. The friends, family, and yes total strangers could care less about that at a time like this my prayers go out to the families of the victims and i hope they will get answers and some type of closure to live on and be strong God bless you all.
  • by Nakia on May 20, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    My prayers go out to Pam and the family. Loosing a child is the last thing anyone wants to face. I am so sorry for you Pam.
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