Coroner: Cause of missing Augusta man's death was severe head trauma, gunshot

Coroner: Cause of missing Augusta man's death was severe head trauma, gunshot
Antonio D Simpkins (source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)
Antonio D Simpkins (source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Ray Jackson (source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Ray Jackson (source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)
Abandoned trailer on Spider Web Rd. where human remains were found. 4/24/17
Abandoned trailer on Spider Web Rd. where human remains were found. 4/24/17

BEECH ISLAND, SC (WFXG) - Two Aiken County residents have been arrested in connection with the disappearance an Augusta man.

Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Simpkins is charged with murder and kidnapping in the case of Julian Williams. Twenty-six-year-old Steven Jackson is charged with conspiracy to the kidnapping and hiding his knowledge of what happened, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

This comes after a joint investigation between the Richmond and Aiken County Sheriff's Offices, SLED, and a K-9 search team was able to find his remains behind an empty trailer in Beech Island.

On March 25, Julian Williams attended a basketball game and loved ones say he had plans to go to Beech Island afterward. When family members could not get through to his phone, they reported him missing.

At around 10:15 a.m. on April 26, Aiken County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Jackson and Simpkins, both residents of Beech Island, in connection with Williams' disappearance.

Investigators believe Williams managed to get a ride to Beech Island at around 2:00 a.m. the night he went missing and was dropped off on Spider Web Road. With the help of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, SLED, and a canine search team, Aiken County investigators conducted several searches in the area around Spider Web Road, using leads and tips from the community as a guide. After the arrested of Jackson and Simpkins Wednesday morning, investigators located human remains behind and an abandoned trailer at 211 Spider Web Road. The Aiken County Coroner's Office was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton says Williams died from severe head trauma related to being shot. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Simpkins and Jackson have been booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.

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