Saturday, August 8, 2009

Murder in Augusta Over Loud Music

At 9:03 pm Friday, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was called to a shooting on Deerfield Lane. When they arrived, officers found 38-year-old Robert Cary Congleton dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Officers learned from the victim's wife and 13-year-old daughter, both who were present at the time of the shooting, that the suspect, 41-year-old Joseph Dominic Hoehn (above), was still in the home. Officers learned that Mr. Hoehn rented a room from the Congleton family and had come home intoxicated and causing a disturbance.

"When the Congleton family asked Hoehn to go to his room, Hoehn began playing music extremely loud," Lt. Scott Peebles said in a press release. "When Robert Congleton knocked on the door to Hoehn's room and asked him to turn the music down, Hoehn fired one round from a handgun through the door, striking Congleton in the head."

Deputies had to force entry into Mr. Hoehn's room to take him into custody. He is now being held at the Richmond County Jail without bond on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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