CSRA crime spike: Shootings claim three lives in two days

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 9:33 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:40 AM EDT
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A flare-up in gun violence continues in the CSRA, taking the lives of a woman in Burke County and men in Aiken and Richmond counties.

The most recent shooting left a woman dead in Waynesboro.

Her body was found after the Waynesboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit and Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called around 2 p.m. Wednesday to 617 Wallace St.

Upon arrival, they found her already dead with gunshot wounds to the head and left forearm.

The victim’s family has not been notified and her name has not been released.

A man identified as Bobby Jermaine Turner was arrested for questioning in the case. Police said Thursday he’d been arrested in Florida.

Bobby J. Turner
Bobby J. Turner(WRDW)

In the Aiken County incident, authorities were called early Wednesday, just after midnight, to 641 Moon Shadow St. to investigate reports of gunshots. A second 911 caller told dispatchers there was deceased man at the home.

New Ellenton police found the man on the floor. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables, who identified the victim as Stacey Judge, 28.

Judge, who lived at the home, will be autopsied in Newberry.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact deputies at 803-648-6811 or to provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers.

The Waynesboro and Aiken County shootings were reported a day after a man was shot dead in Augusta.

Early Tuesday, Richmond County deputies found the body of Johnny Willingham, of Augusta, at a residence in the 1900 block of Telfair St.

Deputies had been called there at 12:35 a.m. to investigate a report of gunshots. Willingham was found unresponsive on the floor with at least one gunshot wound, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m.

His body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab in Decatur for an autopsy.

The three shootings are the latest as the CSRA deals with a resurgence of violent crime in the past few days.

Shootings last Thursday in Aiken County claimed the lives of 26-year-old Joccoui Jackson in Graniteville and Rebekah M. Clark, 28, outside North Augusta.

Just Wednesday morning, authorities announced they’d identified Jeremy Glenn Nobles, 26, of Warrenville, as the suspect in the shooting of Clark on Audubon Circle in the Belvedere/Clearwater area. Deputies urge anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Nobles or tips about the crime to call 803-648-6811.

Jeremy Glenn Nobles
Jeremy Glenn Nobles(WRDW)

Like the nation at large, the CSRA is seeing an increase in gun violence after experiencing a decline during the height of the pandemic last year. In Richmond County, shootings are trending higher than even before the pandemic. By the end of May, we’d seen almost as many shootings in five months this year as we had in all of 2019.

With Aiken County hit especially hard, there’s been discussion there on what can be done about the spike in crime.

Aiken County deputies told News 12 recently they are in the community working to cut down violent crime, but those numbers are still on the rise.

“We do have a coordinated effort between us, other local agencies, and using those available resources to try to investigate all of these crimes that are occurring,” said Capt. Eric Abdullah of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

He urged people to come forward and offer help to try and make the community a safer place.

It helps “when we have people stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough,’” he said.

“We need you.”

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