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Richmond Hill murder suspect out on bond
Richard Dodson mug
Richard Dodson

A man charged with murdering a woman in a Richmond Hill parking lot in June is free on bond. Richard Dodson, of a Waterford Plantation address, was released Aug. 12 after Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart ordered his bond set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 property.

Dodson is accused of killing Madison Bishop on June 17 in what was described in police reports as a “violent confrontation in the parking lot of a local business and in Richmond Hill.” A witness to the event saw Bishop injured and called 911, a report said.

First responders discovered she had a head wound and took her to a Savannah hospital where she died of her injures, the report said.

After an investigation, police identified Dodson as the suspect and he was arrested June 18 on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

Bishop, 34, was from Riverdale, near Atlanta, and attended Northgate High School, according to her obituary. She had three children. Conditions of Dodson’s bond require him to not have any contact with the victim’s family or witnesses, including on social media, and he is not allowed to possess weapons. Dodson is also required to stay in Georgia and notify the court if his address changes.

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