Local Update - February 1, 2007

Man serving life sentence acquitted of murder

News 12 has learned that Pheuttis Upshaw has been transferred to Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Georgia.

Upshaw, serving a life sentence, was acquitted of murder at his third trial this week.

His first trial ended in mistrial, and in the second trial, Upshaw was found guilty of killing 23-year-old Ephilleus Harris.

Harris was killed on Hunter Street in 1998.

A judge tossed out that conviction and ordered a new trial, but there was missing evidence and a missing audiotape of the trial.

A third jury found Upshaw not guilty.

Upshaw was scheduled to be released from prison Wednesday.

South Augusta home destroyed by fire

A home was destroyed in a fire overnight in south Augusta.

The fire caused extensive damage to a double wide mobile home in the 4700 block of Windsor Spring Road.

It happened just before 10 o'clock. No one was hurt.

There's no word on the cause of the fire.

Burglary victim offers reward for suspect

A victim of a crime wants to pay you to find suspect Johnny Dempsey.

Dempsey is wanted for a burglary on Washington Road on January 11.

The victim is offering one thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest.