UPDATE | Man charged with murder in liquor store death

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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A man has been indicted on felony murder charges in the death of another man outside of a liquor store back in January.

Kevin Antwan Williams is facing three felony murder charges in the death of former Josey High School basketball player James Sims. Williams is also facing two felony weapon possession charges.

Bond was set for Williams at $50,000 back in February. An arrest warrant states Williams shot Sims once in the chest with an unknown type of handgun.



Friday, February 5, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Bond is set for the man accused of murder in connection to a shooting outside a liquor store.

Kevin Antwan Williams was arrested January 25 and charged with murder in the death of James Sims. His bond was set today at $50,000.


Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A man has been arrested accused of murder in connection to a shooting outside an Augusta liquor store.

An arrest warrant states Kevin Antwan Williams faces a murder charge in the death of James Sims. The warrant states Williams shot Sims once in the chest with an unknown type of handgun on Kissingbower Road.



News 12 @ 11 o'clock / Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Five days, but no answers about who shot and killed a man while he was sitting in a car outside an Augusta liquor store. Friday night, family and friends of 34-year-old James Sims III, known by friends as Jermel, came together at his Alma Mater, Josey High School to remember him.

He was a friend, a son, a father, and so much more to so many people. The class of 2000 Josey grad touched many lives, and hundreds came out to say goodbye. "This is a small city but this city is in mourning. We have lost a great kind hearted person," Jermel's friend Monique Rose said.

Hundreds filled the bleachers at Josey High School Friday night, the same ones many sat in to watch Jermel play years ago. "You know he was always about unity and keeping up tradition," Rose said.

Jermel played basketball and football at Josey, he graduated sixteen years ago, but remained involved. "He took care of us, he took care of us. He was a genuine person with a heart of gold, we need more people like that," she said.

Memories that help light this dark time for his loved ones. Jermel was shot and killed Monday night "I was at home in my kitchen and I'll never forget that day," Rose said.

A man known for giving, that's how Deloise Perkins remembers him. When she could not afford for her son to play basketball he stepped up. "He said when you get half, I'll pay the other half. And he did. He helped my son play traveling basketball," Perkins said.

He leaves behind his own children, and all the lives he touched. "The place he had in the community, he was nice to everybody, he would help anybody," Perkins said.

Now, friends and family hold on to the good times, and the promises they made. "He said man you make sure that boy goes to college, and that's my promise to him," she said. "I'm heartbroken today but I know that he's watching me. I have peace knowing that it's going to be okay," Rose said.

So far there have not been any arrests in this case. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information to come forward.



Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The body of James J. Sims III has been sent to Atlanta for an autopsy. Investigators say they don't know when the autopsy will be performed.

Richmond County authorities say Sims was shot and killed outside of a liquor store on Kissingbower Rd. Monday, Jan. 11. Friends of Sims are planning to hold a vigil Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Josey High School.



Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

UPDATE: 9:06 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in a shooting outside a liquor store.

In a news release, Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said the victim is James J. Sims III, 34, from Augusta.

Boose said he pronounced Sims III dead at 5:50 p.m. Monday and said he was shot at least one time in the chest.

An autopsy is planned for later this week at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigation is ongoing.


7:40 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County deputies say a man has died after being shot outside a liquor store.

According to dispatch, deputies were called to 1773 Kissingbower Road, not far from Pendleton King Park, around 5:20 p.m. Monday.

Right now, there is no word on why the man was shot and killed outside the Kissingbower Liquor Store. The Richmond County Coroner's Office has not released the victim's name yet.

News 12 has a crew on the scene and will pass along new information as it is available.