UPDATE: Officers charge Aiken man for New Year's murder

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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. -- Investigators with the Aiken Department of Public Safety arrested 28-year-old Jamar Nicholas White on Tuesday evening for the New Year's Eve murder of Joseph Brown.

White is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. -- Fairfield Street in Aiken is quiet. The mood, like Tuesday’s sky, is gray. What's left on the ground there tells a story of celebration turned into pain. Strings of confetti are left only yards away from leftover snippets of crime scene tape.

"We love and miss our Uncle Joe. He was a kind and generous person. He was always giving,” said Michael Thomas, who lives in an apartment next to the crime scene.

On Tuesday morning, Thomas' new year started with tears. His 22-year-old uncle Joseph Brown is dead -- Aiken County’s first murder for 2013. It appears to be South Carolina's first murder this year, too.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety responded Monday around 9:30 p.m. to reports on gunshots in the area, which many neighbors thought were fireworks.

Officers found the victim breathing, though he'd been shot multiple times.

Brown was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta.

On Monday night, officers used metal detectors to locate a handful of shell casings, but they didn't find a suspect or a possible motive.

Around noon on Tuesday, investigators searched some more. A deputy coroner snapped photos as investigators from the city combed through the pale grass in daylight.

"I think my Uncle Joe got shot over something childish, and even if he did get shot, they didn't have to shoot him that many times, because he got a family. They wouldn't want nobody to shoot them like that,” Thomas said.

On New Year's Day, the nephew is praying for answers and that someone will come forward in an area where surely someone knows something.

"We love and miss you, Uncle Joe, and we hope that the dude get brought to justice,” he said.

News 12 is told that Brown was a graduate of South Aiken High School and had two young children with a woman he’d been with for eight or nine years.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC. You could be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward.

Jamar White
Aiken Department of Public Safety arrest Jamar Nicholas White of Aiken, SC, early Tuesday evening for the murder of Joseph Brown

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