2 brothers killed in Aiken County just a day apart
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A wave of deadly local shootings claimed the lives of two brothers just a day apart in Aiken County.
Stashaun Judge, 25, was fatally shot Thursday night at the North Augusta Gardens Apartments after his older brother Stacey Judge, 28, had been shot dead early Wednesday at his home in New Ellenton.
The younger brother died just before midnight Thursday at Augusta University Medical Center after being shot around 9:40 p.m., according to authorities.
After the shooting was reported, officers arrived at the complex in the 300 block of West Hugh Street to find a screaming crowd directing them to one of the buildings. That’s where officers found the victim on the ground suffering a single gunshot wound to his upper left torso. The officers provided aid until emergency medical crews arrived.
Several spent shell casings were on the ground and there were bullet holes through the apartment window in the rear, officers reported.
The reason and motive for the shooting are under investigation. North Augusta officers ask anyone with information to call 803-279-2121 immediately.
Stashaun Judge died about 24 hours after his brother had.
The older brother’s body was found just after midnight Wednesday when Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to his home at 641 Moon Shadow St. in New Ellenton to investigate reports of gunshots. A second 911 caller told dispatchers there was a deceased man at the home.
New Ellenton police found Stacey Judge on the floor. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact deputies at 803-648-6811 or provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and North Augusta Department of Public Safety confirmed the relationship between the Judges, whose bodies will be autopsied in Newberry.
It’s been a violent week in the CSRA as violent crime rebounds after dipping during the height of the pandemic last year.
In addition to the shootings of the brothers:
- Authorities are investigating what Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen calls a “suspicious death” after a decaying body was found Wednesday afternoon on the back porch of a vacant residence at 1638 Broad St. in Augusta. The body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for an autopsy and identification.
- Stephanie Gordon, 36, of Waynesboro, was found shot to death around 22 p.m. Wednesday 617 Wallace St. in Waynesboro. Bobby Turner was arrested in Florida for questioning about the case, according to the Waynesboro Police Department.
- Early Tuesday, Richmond County deputies found the body of Johnny Willingham, of Augusta, at a residence in the 1900 block of Telfair Street.
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