Police: Heated argument over drugs may have fueled Winston Road homicide

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 19, 2013 

Raymond Leon Richmond and Terrell Screw's relationship ended with a shouting match.

Tensions had been rising between the two men days before he was found fatally shot outside of an apartment on Winston Road on Nov. 8. A key factor in the quarrels may have been drugs, detectives said during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing on 27-year-old Richmond's murder charge.

Det. Alicia Hoover told the court that police began investigating the case at about 10:15 p.m. after 27-year-old Screws was found dead outside of the 1052 Winston Road apartment. A preliminary autopsy determined that Screws was shot five times; the fatal wound struck between his upper left shoulder and back, tearing through his heart.

Initially, it was unclear how many shooters had been involved in the homicide, due to numerous and varied shell casings in the area. But neighbors told police that Screws and Richmond had been fighting for days, allegedly over the drugs that Screws sold out of the apartment.

Hoover said Screws used the Winston Road apartment for the sole purpose of selling drugs. It was rented and paid for along with several other men. Previous reports list Screws' address as 8344 Twin Chapel Drive.

After an altercation between the two days before, Richmond allegedly returned to Screws apartment on Nov. 8, driving into the parking lot at a high rate of speed in a dark car. The two screamed at each other for an unknown period of time before Screws opened fire with an unidentified weapon.

No weapons were recovered during subsequent investigations.

Richmond was sought for Screws' death since late November, when a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was apprehended Monday in Phenix City by the U.S. Marshals and Phenix City police.

During the hearing, Public Defender Charles Lykins asked Hoover whether the numerous shell casings found at the scene of the homicide indicated other suspects might have been involved. Hoover admitted it was possible, but said evidence did not indicate that to be the case.

"It's a possibility, but based on the area, shots are fired all the time," she said.

Richmond, who pleaded not guilty, made no statements during the hearing. His murder charge was set without bond by Judge Michael Cielinski.

Richmond's case will be forward to the Muscogee County Superior Court.

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