Father dies, sons could face murder charges

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 29, 2007

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- A father hit in the head with a tent pole died today. Now his sons could face murder charges.

Coroner Grover Tuten says Tony Powell Senior died this morning around 5 am.

Now, Richmond County Investigators are consulting with District Attorney Danny Craig to determine if the pole was thrown by accident, or on purpose.

The incident happened last Tuesday night near the family's Hephzibah home. Powell's family says he was dropping off a neighbor at his home across the street, and once he was back at the road, investigators say his sons met him with the lightweight tent poles.

The 15 year old and the 16 year old son have maintained all along that this was a freak accident. The 16 year old is the only one charged so far in the case, he's facing aggravated assault charges as a juvenile.

Last week, the 16 year old spoke exclusively with News 12. See his story here. "All it was was an accident. When I threw the pole the back of the truck was facing us and then he spun the truck around and that's how it hit him. I just wanted my dad to be okay. I love him and I'm sorry."

An autopsy was preformed on Tony Powell Senior this morning at the crime lab. Investigators have not released an exact time frame when to expect more charges to be filed, if any.

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  • by Anonymous Location: 30815 on Nov 18, 2007 at 09:13 PM
    if only matthews knew what he was talkin about...there was no taunting. they were tryin to help tony, and to the rest of you, the family is not perfect but they all love each other. and thier mom might have done a few things in her life but its not like shes always drinkin or ever on drugs, so back off
  • by MATTHEWS Location: 30906 on Nov 4, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    F.Y.I.If you shoot a person in the back and because of the injuries the person dies, It is called cold blooded murder If any thing I hope we all learn a lesson from this, think before you act and sometimes its just beter to walk away.This was an act of taunting that went to far
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Oct 31, 2007 at 01:49 PM
    I agree with Anonymous30906, I knew the entire family, too, and they have never been a structured family by any means. Drugs and alcohol have always been in their life. The boys should have conseqeunces,but eveyone should leave that up to the judicial sytem to decide. I believe some type of punishment may influence them not to continue living the same life,that they really have been forced to live. I also hope that the mother realizes how much needs to change in her life to make sure nothing like this happens with her other three kids. May God be with all of them whatever happpens.
  • by Anonymous Location: 30815 on Oct 31, 2007 at 08:49 AM
    to anonymous in 30906......say what u want about them they werent angels but they would not do that to tony on purpose and eventually u people will see that. they might have been wild but they loved their dad and i know them to, they are not murderers so u need to chill
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta 30906 on Oct 31, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    I knew Tony and all the kids in the family and even though they are good people,there is a side that everyone has seen thats not so good.All the children has a wild side they do what they want,cuss out adults,including mom&dad.tear up others things.I realy dont think this was a freak accident. to many things dont add up.Both sons should be charged and be taught that actions always catches up with you.What does this say to the younger children in the family if the get away with this. They are bad enought already without the influnce this is going to leave.We will miss Tony&pray for the others,but I hope you look at everything and see this was not just a freak accident. Theres no way possible for a tent pole to do that much damage to the truck and window,Then to hit their father to stick in his brain the way it did.Its true the kids have to live with the results of their actions,but we all do,it still dont mean we should get away with murder meant to or not it happened.Age shouldnt matter
  • by Sad story Location: Augusta on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    To these boys: May God be with you in your lifetime of sorrow & loss. Too bad your dad would not stop & "REALLY LISTEN" before something bad happened. You did what you thought was right.
  • by Lana Location: canton,texas on Oct 30, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    Have you had a parent that didn't grow up. Try and walk in these boys shoes. The father may have been a good person but there is no telling the stress he put on his very own children. You have the what ifs....what if he had left and killed someone driving like he was. Did anyone step in or did the kids have to take the responsibility the way they probably have been all along. This isn't what i would say is murder. This is an accident that happen because an adult did not take responsiblity for what he was doing and the kids had to. I feel sorry for them and i hope they don't charge them with murder. That would not prove anything and they are having to deal with this anyway. All the were doing was trying to protect him and anyone meeting him on the road. Why didn't he stop for his kids anyway? Who really cared more? Imagine the frustration the boys felt when he drove away and probably many times before then...just throwing a pole and dad made a turn...can you imagine how they feel.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:46 PM
    Tony, you will be missed, but you are in a better place now. Rest in peace.
  • by Becca Location: Hephzibah, GA on Oct 30, 2007 at 12:53 PM
    I know these boys.....I am sure they never intended for this to happen. They probably never even fathomed this could be a possible consequence......they thought they were doing the right thing.....we reach to our kids to do whats right and don't let people drink and drive.....I hope the investigators and prosecutors see this was really not something intentional...the boys are suffering a great loss and something that will take them a lifetime to deal with already....isn't that bad enough....I am sure a lesson has been learned. God be with them all. My prayers are with the boys and thier family.
  • by Cindy Location: Martinez on Oct 30, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    May God have mercy on these two boys who were trying to intervene with their father. I knew the family along time ago and I was shocked to hear that the father had not changed his life style from so long ago. I hope this will be a life lesson for more than just the immediate family. It sure did make me stop and Thank God that I found his salvation when I did. Cheryl, you and the whole family will be in my prayers.
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