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Arrest made after woman beaten to death in Augusta

Craig Kenneth Morgan
Craig Kenneth Morgan(WRDW)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 8:48 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 3:52 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Authorities have arrested a man who was wanted for questioning in the murder of an Augusta woman who was beaten to death.

Craig Kenneth Morgan, 50, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, according to authorities.

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office said Angela Moore, 55, was found beaten Saturday at her residence at 26 Curry St., a few blocks southeast of Lake Olmstead.

She was taken to Augusta University Medical Center by emergency medical service providers, according to Coroner Mark Bowen.

She was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday.

Her body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy.

Authorities were searching for Morgan for questioning in the murder.

According to Richmond County jail booking records, he was arrested today.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call 706-821-1075 or 706-821-1080.

Dangerous days in CSRA

The fatal beating occurred during a violent stretch of days for the CSRA that included a fatal shooting, a pair of drive-by shootings and a double homicide.

Among the most recent incidents, a man was shot at least twice on Tuesday afternoon at the Smart Grocery convenience store, 3221 Wrightsboro Road. At the scene, a man could be seen in handcuffs being placed in the back of a patrol car.

The double homicide happened at 1383 Paul Lord Road in Wrightsville, where authorities on Friday discovered the bodies of Destiny Hope Kight, 18, of Wrightsville and Charles Jaylon Garrett, 18, of East Dublin. They died from apparent gunshot wounds. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to help with the case.

Then early Saturday, 18-year-old Joseph Copeland was fatally shot in Aiken while sitting in a vehicle with another teen near an apartment complex on Barnwell Avenue at Kershaw Street. Copeland was take to Aiken County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Later in the weekend, separate drive-by shootings left three people with injuries.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a woman was injured in a drive-by shooting at 126 Free Indeed Blvd. just outside North Augusta. The 64-year-old victim was found bleeding from her left arm, according to deputies.

Then on Sunday night near Beech Island, two people were injured in another drive-by shooting. The 46-year-old female and 36-year-old male suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening. But the location — 1630 Storm Branch Road near Blackstone Camp Road — had been the site of an earlier drive-by shooting on Wednesday. That earlier shooting didn’t injure anyone, according to deputies.

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