Dearing man indicted in death of 65-year-old

A McDuffie County grand jury has indicted a 51-year-old Dearing businessman on manslaughter charges in the death of an elderly man who authorities initially thought had died from an accidental fall in his home this year.

The two-count indictment was returned against H. Peter Bolia, the owner of C&T Auto on the Augusta Highway near Dearing, according to records released Thursday. He is accused of causing the April 2 death of Louie Williford, 65, of the 100 block of South Railroad Street, Dearing.

Bolia was arrested soon after the indictment. Police have alleged that Bolia injured Williford in a fight at Williford's home.