RICHMOND COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — Sheila Diane Downs, of Augusta, Georgia, has been identified as the suspect in a fatal Monday stabbing of an Augusta man in Richmond County.

John Hoard, 51, was fatally stabbed at his Augusta residence on Monday.


Downs, 49, was arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of Hoard at 1942 Greene St in Augusta on Monday.

According to reports, Downs was arrested and charged with possession of kitchen knife during commission of crime and murder.

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Richmond County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 200,549. It is one of the original counties of Georgia, created February 5, 1777. Following an election in 1995, the city of Augusta consolidated governments with Richmond County – Wikipedia.