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Teen indicted on Macon murder charge

A 14-year-old boy was indicted on a murder charge today by a Bibb County grand jury.

Dexter Riggins is accused in the shooting death of 29-year-old Antonio Richardson on Dec. 7, 2007, according to his indictment.

Assistant District Attorney John Regan said Riggins is being prosecuted as an adult because a murder charge is not handled in Juvenile Court.

Two other teens, 16-year-old Jose Mendez and 17-year-old Anquan Howard, also are charged with murder. Regan said neither Mendez nor Howard have been indicted.

"The investigation is still ongoing," he said.

Riggins also was indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to court records.

A woman told Macon police officers she heard five gunshots outside her Villa Esta Avenue residence late at night on Dec. 7.

When the gunfire stopped, the woman told police she looked through a window and saw Richardson lying dead in the middle of the street in front of her home. She called 911.

Richardson, of Putnam Street, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead just before midnight.

Detectives said Richardson might have been in the area visiting a girlfriend and an argument between Richardson and one of the suspects turned into a physical altercation prior to the shooting.

Richardson was robbed of various items at some point during the incident.

Also indicted were:

Benjamin David Walker Jr., 41, on three counts of child molestation stemming from allegations he exposed his genitals and masturbated in the presence of two 14-year-old girls and a 15-year-old girl on April 5, 2008, according to court records.

Robert Eugene Watkins, 47, on charges of kidnapping with bodily injury and enticing a child for indecent purposes stemming from allegations he abducted a 13-year-old girl from her home and took her to a hotel room to perform sex acts, according to court records.

Watkins, of Village Green Drive, is being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center without bond, according to jail records.

Information from The Telegraph's archives was used in this report.

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