Murdered man's mother glad arrests made in case

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

February 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The shooting death of John Grimes III was one of only two murder cases unsolved by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in 2006.

Today, investigators say they have identified the men responsible for killing Grimes.

News 12 sat down with Eva Taylor, the victim's mother. She told us about life without her youngest son.

"That's all I wanted to know...who killed my child and for what," she said. "Why they had to steal him at night."

That's the question Eva has asked for the past nine months...and she may get an answer now that Richmond County Sherriff's investigators have arrested two of the three suspects in her son's murder.

John Grimes was shot and killed last June on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Tuesday, during a traffic stop at Lumpkin and Richmond Hills Road, 23-year-old Alvin Leon Scott, Jr. was arrested and charged with Grimes' murder. A second suspect, 20-year-old Bryant Collier, was already in jail on an unrelated charge.

The arrest and charges came on what would have been the victim's 29th birthday.

Eva says she has waited for this day for months.

"I feel like a burden was lifted off my heart," she said. "I thank the Lord, I said, 'Thank you, Jesus, you answered my prayers.'"

"They gone get theirs, so I'm not worried about it," she continued. "But I went through pain and trials and tribulations, and I hope no mother has to suffer what I went through."

Sgt Richard Roundtree says that they received dozens of tips about the unsolved case, which helped in the arrest of Scott. That's why he says it's so important for the community to get involved.

"Most victims are not the intended victim," he said. "If we can get these people to come forward, these criminals wouldn't be at large."

And because of someone coming forward with information, Eva says she can sleep peacefully knowing suspects are behind bard for taking her son's life.

"I'm just happy they got them," she said. "I know my baby is looking down, and he's smiling. I can rest tonight. I'm satisfied."

Richmond County Sheriff's investigators are still looking for 19-year-old Terrell Antonio Green. He is believed to still be in the Augusta area. There is an outstanding warrant for his arrest and police are hoping to get him off the streets as soon as possible as well.

The John Grimes murder was one of only two cases unsolved by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office last year. The other case is the murder of Isaiah Selman.

On July 10, 2006, the Richmond County Fire Department responded to a call of a fire off Old McDuffie Road and 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 about Terrell Green or the death of Isaiah Selman, call the police.


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