Two teens arrested in Mitchell murder investigation

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

AUGUSTA, GA -- Two teenagers are now in jail and charged with felony murder after Richmond County deputies say a tipster led them to Tollie Mitchell's killers.

Investigators say 16-year-old Desmond Grissam and 19-year-old Tavaris Wilcher shot Mitchell after robbing him at gunpoint.

Wednesday, the victim's family talked to Crime Team 12's Lynnsey Gardner about the arrests.

While the family is still shocked over Mitchell's murder, they say they are even more shocked to learn, someone they considered a friend may have pulled the trigger.

The Mitchell family is mourning after 29-year-old Tollie Mitchell is murdered. His girlfriend, Felecia Lewis tells News 12, "It's really hard for us to sit here and pretend that it doesn't hurt because it does."

The family says they are hurt by his loss, and also by the news that the same teenager who often help cut Blanch Mitchell's grass and ate dinner at her table, is now behind bars charged with murdering her son.

Sixteen-year-old Desmond Grissam was a friend of the Mitchell family. Now, Richmond County investigators say he and 19-year-old Tavaris Wilcher robbed Tollie Mitchell at gunpoint and then shot him. It happened last Friday, May 11th, at the Regency Square Apartment Complex. Investigators say Mitchell met the two teens for a drug deal, but in a matter of minutes deputies say Grissam and Wilcher stole the drugs, fired a fatal gunshot to Mitchell's neck, and left him in his car where he died.

"I'm hoping along with his sister that he didn't have to suffer," says Lewis.

Now, the Mitchell family is suffering without him. They say Tollie known as "TC" had worked to get his life on track and be a good father to his two children. They say he was working toward a better future for himself; a future that he will never live to see.

Now, Lewis says the family has a message for the ones investigators say are responsible. "Was it necessary? Was it really necessary? The fact of the matter is they are teenage boys but they have to be accountable. They made an adult choice but they have to be and need to be accountable."

Desmond Grissam is a Glenn Hills High School student. He was arrested Monday at Butler High School with a stolen car and stolen money. He was booked into Richmond County's Youth Detention Center and that's where he was when investigators tied him to the murder. He is only 16, but he will face murder charges as an adult.

Tollie Mitchell's funeral is planned for Thursday afternoon, May 17th, at the Williams Funeral Home off of Tobacco Road.


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  • by Tijuana Location: Augusta ga on May 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    that's sum ********
  • by Mrs. Shanks Location: Augusta on Aug 5, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    This comment is for the person who asked where were the parents of these two young men. Well Ms. Grissam is to busy chasing money and not raising her kids. This is why Desmond is in this situation. How could you be a correction officer and let this happen to your son. I guess no parents no guidence.
  • by lavencia Location: augusta ga on May 21, 2007 at 11:16 AM
    prey for you allthe time
  • by KB Location: Aiken on May 21, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    Where were these Teenage boys parnets at and what were they doing out at odd time of the night. Do teenage boys and girls have anything to do in this area to occupy there time, then hurting or killing one another.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on May 18, 2007 at 10:02 PM
    I'm confused. Unless they confessed, what happened to innocent until proven guilty? Did they confess to the crime? I noticed some reports on various media say Robert Love was the only unsolved murder this year. How can the murders be solved if they haven't come to trial yet? Things aren't always that simple, although I wish they were.
  • by Jackson on May 17, 2007 at 09:12 PM
    My prayers and sympathy go out to both the Mitchell and Grissam family. Both families are greatly affected, and I know as one of Desmond's former middle school basketball coaches that his family did not teach him this lifestyle choice and neither did I. I apologize on behalf of Desmond for his terrible decision and hope he learns and prays to God to ask forgiveness for his actions.
  • by adrienne joines Location: augusta on May 17, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    hello i just want to say i'm glad that mr. mitchell can rest in peace knowing his killers are in jail.
  • by Lynn Location: Martinez on May 17, 2007 at 01:26 AM
    I am glad and relieved that the Mitchell family could get a little bit of closure in their lives after this tragic events. I hope those two young men rot in jail for what they did. Where are the parents? Seriously, if you raise your child right, you wouldn't be hearing nothing like this on the news. Parents need to take time out and be "PARENTS" to their children instead of trying to be cool and let their kids run wild. I am so glad my daughter moved away from Augusta to raise my grandson. Crime is everywhere, but its getting ridiculous here in Augusta.
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