UPDATE | Accused teen indicted on murder for stomping man to death

(Joshua Mormant)
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Friday, July 17, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Richmond County court has now indicted a teen investigators believe stomped a homeless man to death in April.

Joshua Mormant, 17, was indicted on two counts of murder on Tuesday. Deputies think Mormant killed Leonel Vasquez-Calvo at the River Glenn Apartments.

Friday, May 1, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW)--- The teenager accused of stomping a homeless man to death made an appearance in front of a judge.

A judge denied bond to Joshua Mormant, 17, in a Richmond County courtroom today. He "poses a threat to the community," the judge said.

News 12 6 p.m./Thursday, April 23, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) ---- The sheriff is providing more insight into why his office believes a 17 year old stomped a homeless man to death. Crimeteam 12's Jorge Lopez explains how deputies believe a teenager plays into an argument between two adults.

Richmond County investigators are confident they arrested the teenager responsible, but say this is not over.

"We are piecing the case together right now," Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told News 12

Richmond County deputies made rounds across River Glenn apartments not just looking for new leads, but also informing residents about what they know and when they should call them.

"We feel it's a domestic case that has escalated to the fact of homicide," the sheriff said.

The sheriff's office believes 17 year old Joshua Mormant stomped Leonel Vasquez-Calvo to death. Thursday the sheriff tells us how 40 year old Sharon Pinkney who was also arrested fits into this crime,

"We know there is a relationship between the victim and the female that we charged. We think this is a domestic situation and it escalated when the other gentleman intervened into that," Sheriff Roundtree told News 12.

Sheriff Roundtree wouldn't go into detail on Pinkney's arrest for obstruction, but did confirm the pair was not living together just "domestically involved".

"He came down to have a conversation or a confrontation with the female and and again it escalated into a violent situation," Roundtree told News 12.

Sheriff Roundtree tells us their investigation is almost over and they will turn it over to the district attorney soon.
Mormant remains in the jail on those murder charges.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County Officials have said a murder in River Glen Apartments April 21 is a result of domestic dispute.

According to Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree, Sharon Pinkney, 40, and the man killed, Leonel Vasquez-Calvo, got into an argument that turned violent which is when 17-year old Joshua Mormant got involved.

Roundtree said there was some type of domestic relationship between the victim and Pinkney, but he does not think Pinkney and the victim were living together.

Mormant is charged with felony murder in Vasquez-Calvo's death, officials said.

The sheriff's office says they are still investigating and that there are a number of witnesses to go through.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies have arrested a man accused of stomping a homeless man in the face and leaving him to die the River Glen Apartments complex Tuesday morning.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says Leonel Vasquez-Calvo, 54, died early Tuesday morning.

The autopsy was completed Tuesday by the GBI Crime lab in Atlanta. They say Vasquez-Calvo died as a result of the injuries he sustained on the night of the beating incident.

According to the incident report, officials arrived on scene at 12:46 a.m. Tuesday to find Vasquez-Calvo suffering from injuries consistent with a physical altercation. Deputy Coroner William Leisey pronounced Vasquez-Calvo dead at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Joshua Derrelle Mormant, 17, was arrested and charged with felony murder. In court Wednesday, a Richmond County court official said Mormant's case will go to superior court.

In an arrest warrant, a witness said she saw Joshua Derrelle Mormant stomping on Leonel Vasquez-Calvo's face with his foot, multiple times. As a result, Vasquez-Calvo suffered blunt force trauma to the head and neck and later died because of those injuries. The information provided by the witness gave deputies a probable cause for the arrest of Mormant.

Deputies have also arrested Sharon Denise Pinkney, 40, for misdemeanor obstruction in connection with the investigation.

On April 3, 2015, Joshua Mormant was arrested earlier this month on charges including possession of a pistol, possession of marijuana, and giving a false name and/or date of birth to an officer, according to a case report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

While a Richmond County Corporal was patrolling the area near East Telfair Street, Mormant walked to the passenger side of the deputies vehicle and pulled out a gun and tossed it on the ground. The deputy was walking around the car at the time and took Mormant into custody when he saw the gun under his car, the report said.

During a search of Mormant, the deputy found marijuana in Mormant's pocket. He told the deputy his birthday was one year earlier than it was. Mormant's mother arrived on scene and confirmed his correct birthday, the report said.

According to the report, Mormant told the deputy he found the gun in a truck parking lot. The gun was checked with the records division and returned with no information on file.

In the case report, it states Joshua Mormant has no past felonies.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)-Richmond County deputies have arrested a teenager in connection with the beating death at River Glen apartments, according to a release.

The release said Joshua, Derrelle Mormant, 17, was arrested and charged with felony murder.

Deputies said they have also arrested Sharon Denise Pinkney, 40, for misdemeanor obstruction in connection with the investigation.

News 12 at 6 o'clock / April 21, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- No suspect and no arrest after Richmond County deputies say a man was beaten to death - and left in a parking lot.

He was found dead just before 1:00 a.m. at River Glen Apartments.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says of the six murders the county has seen in 2015, only one has happened at River Glen - last night's deadly beating.

According to the Sheriff's Office, most of the dispatch calls since 2013 from complex are for noise complaints and suspicious people. In other words, nothing out of the ordinary.

The Sheriff's Office says investigators are working on leads for suspects and what may have happened.

The Coroner says his office is working on contacting the family before releasing the victim's name.

Felicia Rhodes works with the women living here, and has first hand knowledge these people are more than a negative reputation.

"They're good people! They are really good people. When [other people] look at River Glen, they think automatically negative, but that's not so," she said.

She said she has lived in housing authorities, and crime problems here are not unique to this complex.

The property managers say it's not the people living in the apartments that are causing the problems, it's the outside people coming in.

"As we continue to have good policing in the area as I have witnessed, it does help," said Rev. Larry Fryer.

But Fryer says law enforcement can only do so much to curb crime.

"I do not see this problem getting better right now. We can pray, good. But if we don't take a stand against it, it will remain the same or worsen," he said.

"We've got to encourage the tenants to stick together, when you realize if something is not right, call for help," said Rhodes.

Building back a reputation of safety from the ground up takes time, she says, and everyone needs a little something else.

"We're just going to pray," said Rhodes.