Timeline of Developments in Ashby Case - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

10/04/06

Timeline of Developments in Ashby Case

Police on the scene of a double homicide in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Police on the scene of a double homicide in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Hodge Lowcountry Open Air Market became a crime scene on September 25. Hodge Lowcountry Open Air Market became a crime scene on September 25.
Highway 16 in Florida the night Ashby was killed. Highway 16 in Florida the night Ashby was killed.

Authorities in Florida have now positively identified the man shot and killed by officers near Saint Augustine Monday evening as 37-year-old William Ashby.

Ashby is now a suspect in several killings across the Southeast. Here's a timeline of developments:

September 22: Authorities believe Ashby stole a car in Savannah during an armed robbery.

September 24: A man later identified by Effingham County authorities as Ashby shot convenience store clerk Waynetta Toler in the head and robbed her. She survived, but remains hospitalized.

September 25: Effingham County investigators name Ashby a "person of interest" in the shooting and ask the public to report his whereabouts. Steven Hodge fatally shot as he was working at a fruit stand on Highway 17.

September 27: Ralph Hooper and Julie Maiden fatally shot during a package store robbery in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

September 29: 22-year-old University of Virginia student Elizabeth Hafter reported missing.

October 1: It's reported that Hafter's body was found in Virginia, lying next to the car stolen in Georgia. Ashby connected to the case. Virginia police believe Ashby may have the woman's car.

October 2: Ashby leads police on a high-speed chase near Saint Augustine, Florida. According to authorities there, he wrecked and came out shooting. Officers returned fire, and Ashby was pronounced dead at the scene.

October 3: Beaufort County investigators cite similarities between the Effingham County shooting and the murder of Steven Hodge. Claiborne County, Tennessee's sheriff says Ashby is the man who killed Ralph Hooper and Julie Maiden.

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