Local Update - March 1, 2007

Two men arrested after two North Augusta car chases

A deputy was almost run over last night after a car chase, and that near miss led to another chase.

The first chase happened on Old Aiken Road in North Augusta, when a deputy tried to stop 25-year-old Jermaine Tillman. Tillman jumped out of his car and ran.

Lt. Michael Frank says the deputy finally caught Tillman and was walking him back to his patrol car when another car, driven by Fredrick Scott, almost ran both men down.

Deputies chased Scott and managed to arrest him after he lost control of his car near the Atomic Road overpass on Carolina Springs Road.

Jermaine Tillman is facing several charges, including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

No word on the charges Scott faces or if the two chases are related.

2006 cold case solved

Richmond County deputies say they've finally solved a murder case from last year.

Tuesday night (February 27), investigators captured one of three suspects wanted in a 9-month-old murder.

23-year-old Alvin Leon Scott Jr. was arrested during a traffic stop at Lumpkin and Richmond Hill roads.

The second suspect, 20-year-old Bryant Collier, was already in jail on an unrelated charge.

The men have been charged with the murder of 27-year-old John Grimes last spring.

Now police are looking for the third suspect, 19-year-old Terrell Antonio Green. He's believed to be in the Augusta area.

Authorities tell News 12 leads from the community helped to make this latest arrest.

One unsolved murder in 2006

Richmond County investigators are still working on one unsolved case from last year.

On July 10, 2006, the Richmond County Fire Department responded to a call of a fire off Old McDuffie Road. That's where they found the body of 28-year-old Isaiah Selman.

The autopsy showed he'd been hit on the head and then died of asphyxiation.

Investigators are still looking for his killer.

If you have any information, call the police.

Augusta serial killer appeals death sentence

A decision is still up in the air for a convicted serial killer from Augusta.

Reinaldo Rivera appealed his death sentence Wednesday in the Georgia Supreme Court.

He was convicted 3 years ago of killing a Fort Gordon soldier and has been indicted for killing three other women.

The Supreme Court could take months to make a final decision.

Walker supporters appeal, ask for new trial

Family and attorneys of former state senator Charles Walker argued his appeal in an Atlanta courthouse yesterday, in hopes of a new trial.

Three judges from the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the arguments.

Walker's attorneys say Walker did not get a fair trial. They say the jury was unfairly seated when Judge Dudley Bowen placed four white men back on the jury after the defense struck them.

They say it wasn't just the men's race that put walker at a disadvantage.

"Regardless of race, regardless of race, what we ended up with was an accountant, a city official, and people we simply didn't want on a jury, and we have the right to exercise preliminary strikes for any reason," said attorney Don Samuel.

Walker's lawyers also argued the indictments dealing with his contracts with MCG and Grady Hospital while serving as a senator should have been treated as ethics violations, not federal charges.

Both sides were able to present briefs to the court.

If the judges find there were violations during the federal trial in Augusta, they may grant Mr. Walker a new trial, where he can be tried on the same charges.

Fort Gordon MPs come home from Afghanistan

A group of Fort Gordon's military police is scheduled to come home today.

The soldiers have been in Afghanistan for the past year.

The 35th Military Police Detachment includes 12 MPs from Fort Gordon.

That unit left a year ago to help with law enforcement and customs duties throughout Afghanistan.

Welcome home.

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