86-year-old Augusta man charged with murder

UPDATE: One dead in shooting on Leland Dr.

LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - An 86-year-old man is charged with murder in the shooting death of  another man.

John Dickey O'Bryant was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after deputies responded to 2625 Leland Dr. Saturday afternoon and found 65-year-old Karl Hardge shot in the upper torso, according to the sheriff's office.

Hardge was pronounced dead at Georgia Regents Medical Center just before 3 p.m., said Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose. An autopsy completed Monday at the GBI lab in Atlanta showed that Hardge died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.


Officials said O'Bryant was suffering from shortness of breath. He was taken to GRU for treatment but was later booked at the Richmond County jail on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Copyright 2015 WFXG. All rights reserved.