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City condemns ‘unsanitary’ Motel 6 room where Augusta man died



Augusta code enforcement officers have condemned the third-floor room at Motel 6 where a man was found dead Thursday of suspicious circumstances.

The man has been identified as 35-year-old Brandon Dominic Marshall of Augusta. He was found dead Thursday afternoon in a room at Motel 6 on Boy Scout Road, a room that Coroner Mark Bowen called “unsanitary.”

The coroner said there were no obvious signs of death, and there were no signs of gunshot of knife wounds. He would not comment on whether drug use is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled to help determine a cause of death.

Marshall was found with meth in December and went to jail on a drug possession charge. The month before, Marshall posted a photo from a hospital bed, telling Facebook friends that he had been in the hospital for about two weeks because of an infection in his heart.

“I’ve had to get my hip drain for infection and some other stuff,” he said. “Honestly it sucks but my doctor told me I should kind of start letting people know,” Marshall posted. (Story continues below.)

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Meanwhile, the Motel 6 room was condemned after the coroner’s officer called city officials based on the unsanitary conditions they found, Bowen said. A woman answering the phone at Motel 6 on Friday said they still had rooms available for rent. On Friday, an online website priced rooms at the 2-star hotel for $48 a night.

As The Augusta Press reported on Thursday, Motel 6 has been the scene of several crime incidents and drug-related incidents in recent years.

Greg Rickabaugh is the Jail Report contributor for The Augusta Press. Reach him at greg.rickabaugh@theaugustapress.com 

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