Stepson arrested in Augusta killing of 79-year-old man

An attack claimed the life of Clarence Flanigan of the 4000 block of Madison Lane, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.
Published: Feb. 20, 2023 at 2:52 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2023 at 4:26 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A 79-year-old man was stabbed and beaten to death at his Augusta home by his stepson, authorities said Monday.

The attack on Sunday claimed the life of Clarence Flanigan of the 4000 block of Madison Lane, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Flanigan was stabbed at least one time and beaten while inside the home.

Marcus Banks, 38
Marcus Banks, 38(wrdw)

Deputies said in an incident report that they were called to the home at 7:42 p.m. Sunday “in reference to a mental evaluation.”

Upon arrival, deputies met with Marcus Banks, 38, who said there was a dead body in the home and he wanted it gone.

Banks then was detained while deputies searched the home and found Flanigan in the back bedroom stabbed at least one time in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m.

Deputies listed Banks as homeless and said he was arrested. Charges listed in the incident report include murder and possession of a firearm or knife during a crime.

An autopsy of Flanigan is scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab.

There’s been an outbreak of deadly violence for nearly the past year in communities large and small across the CSRA. But Sunday’s attack came on an especially violent day that included one other killing and two nonfatal shootings.

The other homicide on Sunday claimed the life of a 20-year-old man in Allendale.

Deputy Chief Coroner John Lawson of the Allendale County Coroner’s Office said the victim was a 20-year-old man.

According to the Allendale Police Department Facebook page, officers were on the scene around 12:15 a.m.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will be leading the investigation with the Allendale Police Department’s help.

Also on Sunday:

  • A 17-year-old was injured around 8:04 p.m. in a shooting at the Magnolia Court apartment complex in Augusta. The victim was shot by a 16-year-old during a fight at the complex in the 200 block of East Telfair Street, authorities said. The victim was shot in the right thigh and suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
  • The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office took a 15-year-old into custody after a shooting off Lake Greenwood Drive in the Lakes and Streams neighborhood. Deputies said one person was taken to a hospital after the incident in the North Augusta area.