Only on 12: Families of teen murder suspects speak out

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Investigators had been looking for a 15- and 16-year-old in connection to an overnight murder in Augusta.

That search ended Saturday evening when the two teens turned themselves in around 7 p.m.

"To have police getting out of cars saying, 'We need your son ... he's charged with murder' and something else. It's not a good feeling. I can't explain it," said Patricia Kelly, mother of 15-year-old Jeremiah Kelly.

She says she was shopping for school supplies with her 15-year-old son when she got a call that he was wanted for murder.

"I got a call from a family friend saying that my son's picture was on TV and saying that he was charged with murder -- if you know anything about him, this, that and the other, please give the Richmond County Sheriffs Office."

Investigators say her son Jeremiah Kelly and 16-year-old William Clark were involved in a fatal shooting on Crawford Avenue. It happened around 11 p.m. Friday.

Deputies were called to an attempted car jacking where shots had been fired.There they found 30-year-old Anthony Dewayne King in the front seat of a Cadillac Escalade with a gunshot wound to his chest. King was transported to the hospital where he died. Now the two teens are in custody.

Kelly says it was her son's decision to turn himself in.

"He said, 'Momma I wanna go down there myself.' It was his own words. He was like, 'Well, Momma, let's go. If someone's telling you this, I wanna go down here and see what they're talking about and why they are looking for me.'"

Clark's family called deputies who came and picked him up.

"He turned himself in; I don't think he did it," said Clark's grandmother. "He said he didn't do it."

Kelly says she can't imagine what King's family is going through right now.

"His mother, right now, my heart goes out to her," she said. "To have 28 years with one and then have him taken away from you. I ain't gonna sit here and lie to you and tell you I imagine how that woman feels. I can't imagine how she feels."

Despite that, she comes to her son's defense saying, "When I can just bring my child to you, my baby ain't trying to hide and my baby ain't trying to hide nothing. I bring my baby to y'all. He's not running or nothing like that. I brought my baby to them."

She says she now hopes to clear his name from a crime that's torn several families.

"Ma'am, I understand you and right now I know you probably don't wanna hear nothing from no one because you got to lay your son to rest," said Kelly to King's family.

Both families were waiting at the law enforcement center, hoping to speak to their children again before they are sent to the Augusta Youth Detention Center Saturday night.

Investigators say each teen will be charged with murder.


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