Former Newton law officers acquitted
A suit filed in 1977 by Charles Leon Bolden charging Clarence “Buddy” Allen, a former investigator in the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, and Otis Thomas Lott, a former deputy, with brutality, ended August 12, when a U.S. District Court jury found in favor of Lott and Allen.
Court costs in the case over the last four years totaled about $4,000, ac- cording to County Commissioner Bob Bates.
Although the ruling requires the claimant to reimburse court costs, County Attorney Tommy Craig said there is little chance of recovering them since Bolden is a convicted murderer now serving time in the state prison system.
Bolden was convicted in October 1975 of first degree murder for the shooting of Joe Graves.
According to Craig, Bolden was caught in New York by the FBI, and investigator Allen and three GBI agents were sent to bring him back.
Bolden alleged that he was beaten both on route to Georgia by Allen, and in the Newton County Jail by Allen and Lott.
Bolden asked for compensatory damages if $1,000,000 from each of the accused, as well as $50,000 in punitive damages from each,
Bolden aldo alleged that he was refused medical attention, food, visitors, and an attorney while an attempt was made to obtain a confession from him.
Allen and Lott had lost a similar case in 1974, filed by Buster Brookins.