Deputies say man beat cousin to death with crowbar

September 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---25-year-old Brian Lorenzo Smoot is in custody, charged with the murder of 24-year-old Donte Safford.

Richmond County deputies say Safford arrived at Smoot's home at 2344 1/2 Shadowood Drive at around 6 o'clock this morning, and the two got into a fight. Deputies say during the fight, Safford was struck several times in the head and body with a crowbar and later died due to head trauma.

Investigators recovered the crowbar a short distance from the scene.

Smoot and Safford were first cousins, and the Shadowood home belonged to their grandfather.

Smoot is being held in the Richmond County Jail.


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  • by tonie perkins Location: jacksonville fl on Oct 23, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    prayers go out to the smoot family i will be praying for brian because i know it wasnt intentional sorry it had to take the life of his favorite cousin i will be praying for you all please dont let this incident break your family up because this is the time you all need to stick together and pray
  • by Terry Location: home on Oct 1, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    Thank you Heather, in either case, my prayers go out to the Smoots/Saffords/Wests/, extended families, friends, community....this effects everyone in some way.
  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on Oct 1, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    The sheriff's office says it was an "L-shaped crowbar".
  • by Terry Location: home on Sep 30, 2007 at 04:47 PM
    Some guy screen-named Adams on Rants and Raves on newspaper on line site said it was rebar, not crowbar. Which is it?
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