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New details released on Richmond Hill homicide
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A Richmond Hill man remains in Bryan County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault for an incident that occurred June 17 in a parking lot.

The man, Richard Dodson, was arrested early June 18. A Richmond Hill Police Department incident report said Dodson and Madison Bishop, “were involved in a violent confrontation in the parking lot of a local business in Richmond Hill. A witness observed Ms. Bishop injured in the parking lot and called 911.”

The report continued: “Fire and EMS crews arrived on the scene and observed that Ms. Bishop had a head wound. She was transported via ambulance to a local hospital and shortly thereafter she succumbed to her injuries.

“Police responded to the scene and during the subsequent police investigation, Mr. Dodson was identified as the suspect in Ms. Bishop’s death. An arrest warrant was obtained and when Mr. Dodson was located, he was taken into custody without incident,” the report said.

Capt. Ray Fowler, a spokesman for RHPD, cited the open nature of its investigation and the desire not to compromise the case as reasons for not immediately releasing more information.

Police first announced Dobson’s arrest on the department’s Facebook page Friday morning.

That post said, “during the early morning hours of June 18th, Officers and Detectives from the Richmond Hill Police Department arrested Richard Dodson on charges of Aggravated Assault and Murder. Mr. Dodson was arrested without incident near his home in the Waterford Subdivision. We would like to thank the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office for all of their assistance.”

Lewis Levine contributed to this report.

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