For­mer New­ton law of­fi­cers ac­quit­ted

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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