The felony charge against Andrew Lewis Watkins Jr., 53, is a result of the Police Department’s nearly five-month investigation in the July 28 assault that eventually led to the Aug. 1 death of Joseph Clark Bickers, 52.
Officers were able to speak briefly with Bickers before he was transported to Augusta Health by ambulance. He gave them a short account of what had happened and a description and nickname of the man who assaulted him.
While the officers were still investigating the assault, they received communication from Augusta Health that Bickers had suffered a severe head injury and had to be airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond classified the death as a homicide with the cause of death being blunt force trauma to the head. Alcohol likely played a role in the incident.
The police department would still like anyone with information in July assault to call Corporal Ben Lemons at (540) 942-6675.