Teens to be charged as juveniles
AUGUSTA — A prosecutor says the case against two teenagers accused of throwing a metal tent pole at their father’s head and fatally injuring him will be turned over to juvenile court.
Authorities had said earlier the two could be charged with murder. But District Attorney Danny Craig says instead the two will be charged as juveniles. If found guilty, they could be sent to a youth camp for up to five years.
Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said 39-year-old Troy Powell Senior of Augusta died Monday at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He had been undergoing treatment there since he was hit on October 23.
Sheriff’s Investigator Tom Johnson says the 15- and 16year-old sons got into a confrontation with Powell over his drinking and drug use. Johnson says when the father attempted to drive away, the older son threw the pole through the open window of his father’s vehicle, hitting him in the head.