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Augusta murder suspect jailed, along with the man hiding him

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An Augusta murder suspect was captured Tuesday night in Augusta, and the man hiding him went to jail as well, authorities said.

Chauncey Thompson IV, 20, was captured at a home on Brandywine Drive and jailed in connection with the murder of Tymarkus Starkes. The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force assisted in the race.

Laroy Dante Demmons, 23, was also charged with harboring or concealing a fugitive, a felony. He “allowed Chauncey Thompson to stay at his residence knowing he had an active warrant for murder,” authorities said. A wanted poster for Thompson was well-publicized three weeks ago.

Laroy Demmons

The murder case stems from the shooting death of the 20-year-old victim in mid-October at 1949 Old Savannah Rd. Authorities had already arrested 22-year-old Lamar Jacquez Jones for Starkes’ murder as well as weapon possession and theft.

Authorities say Thompson was present in a silver Acura responsible for the drive-by shooting that left Starkes dead at the scene.

Victim Tymarkus Starkes

Investigators later interviewed Thompson at the hospital, where he claimed he was dropped off by an unknown vehicle. “The accused knew his statement to be false, and that he was dropped off by a vehicle which was involved in a murder,” a warrant says.

Thompson faces a charge of false statement in a government matter for his untruthful statement. He is being held at the Richmond County Detention Center without bond. Demmons is being held on a $6,740 bond.

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