RCSO looking to question man about suspicious death

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#UPDATE | January 14, 2021 (WJBF) – After William Redd’s arrest in Burke County, Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Richmond County man has been charged with Battery, Cruelty to Children 3rd Degree, and Criminal Trespass. 

Until yesterday, Richmond County authorities were looking for 36-year old William Redd for questioning in reference to the assault that occurred at the Budgetel Hotel on Gordon Highway, Saturday, January 9th, after 65-year-old Franklin Jones was transported to Augusta University Medical Center.

Investigators say Jones was assaulted at another location prior to being found unresponsive at the Budgetel Hotel, where Jones is believed to have lived.

The death is currently labelled suspicious. Following Redd’s arrest, a spokesperson for Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said that additional charges could be made in the case pending the outcome of Jones’ autopsy.   


January 12, 2021 (WJBF) – William Redd was taken into custody on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He is charged with criminal trespass, battery and cruelty to children in the 3rd Degree. 


January 11, 2021 (WJBF) – The RCSO is looking to question the man pictured.

36-year old William Redd is wanted for questioning in reference to the assault that occurred at the Budgetel Hotel on Gordon Highway, Saturday, January 9th.

If you know of Redd’s whereabouts, please contact the RCSO at 706-821-1020 or 706-821-1080.

AUGUSTA (WJBF) – The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating after an Augusta man died at the AUMC, under what authorities say are suspicious circumstances.

65-year-old Franklin Jones was transported to AU Medical Center from the Budgetel Hotel on Gordon Highway. Authorities say that’s where he lived.

Investigators say he was assaulted at another location prior to being found unresponsive at the hotel.

Jones was pronounced dead at at around 5 P.M. He will be transported to the GBI Lab for an autopsy.  

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