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Inmate dies from injuries in attack in Richmond County holding cell

Charges upgraded against man in holding-cell attack

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A Richmond County jail inmate died Wednesday, 15 days after he was beaten by another inmate in a holding cell, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

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Charges against Jeremy Gene Taylor, 30, of Swainsboro, Ga., have been upgraded from aggravated assault to murder in the death of Earl Alphonzo Bolar, 48, of Waynesboro, Ga.

Both men were arrested Aug. 3. Bolar was charged with disorderly conduct after he was found naked in an abandoned building at 11th Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard, according to a news release.

Taylor was taken to the jail after assaulting a man at a halfway house for substance abusers in the 400 block of Walker Street, the release states.

The men were in a holding cell when Taylor launched an “unprovoked” attack with his hands and feet on Bolar, who was asleep on the floor, investigators say.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said there were four other people in the holding cell when it occurred and that they stood back during the attack. Afterward, they banged on the door to alert deputies, Strength said.

Strength said there was nothing that deputies could have done to prevent the attack because it occurred within a matter of seconds.

“The guy never hollered; there was never a struggle,” the sheriff said. “It was several punches and a kick to the head.”

Bolar was immediately taken to the emergency room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was treated for severe head injuries, investigators say.

He died about 9 a.m. Wednesday; autopsy results are still pending.

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drivenslow
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drivenslow 08/18/11 - 04:11 pm
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hahaha billy bad a## your
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hahaha billy bad a## your going down for murder and you deserve it you punk

supercub88
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supercub88 08/18/11 - 04:42 pm
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Homeless man at 5 Guys (

Homeless man at 5 Guys ( questionable ), now this. Deadly accidents over car chases for minor traffic violations. Run-ins with police should not result in death, period.

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Granddaddy John 08/18/11 - 04:47 pm
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Supercub88-You need to wear
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Supercub88-You need to wear the uniform and do the job,before you run your mouth

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 05:02 pm
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Poor fellow, he was homeless

Poor fellow, he was homeless and most likely mentally ill.

ImPOed
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ImPOed 08/18/11 - 05:25 pm
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Who was on the cameras to

Who was on the cameras to make sure that things didn't get out of hand in the holding cell? They always have at least 2 cameras on those in holding to prevent suicides, etc. Many homeless people do suffer from mental illness and there is absolutely no help for them out there. To be attacked in his sleep. That just aint right! The attacker is most likely mentally ill as well.

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Craig Spinks 08/18/11 - 06:11 pm
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Where is a photo of the white

Where is a photo of the white guy accused of killing this fellow as he slept?

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raul 08/18/11 - 06:20 pm
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@Craig. Check on the jail

@Craig. Check on the jail report FB page for the photo of the accused murderer.

15 days of medical bills that the county has to suck up. Would be nice to attach any assets Mr. Taylor has, if any, to pay to bills.

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dougk 08/18/11 - 06:22 pm
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One of the saddest stories to
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One of the saddest stories to hit the local news. ImPOed is right, there is absolutely no help for them out there.
It would seem to me that religious organizations, who can afford to build lush fortresses for their own enjoyment (or to glorify God. I think that 's the rationale.), maybe could also walk the walk of Christianity and other religious faiths and lend more of a hand to locals who are on the skids. And, I realize that religious organizations should not need to bear the burden alone. But a death sentence for being naked in an abandoned building is too much.

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corgimom 08/18/11 - 07:20 pm
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There is nothing to suggest

There is nothing to suggest that either man was mentally ill, and it's inappropriate to think that they are.

AC, 8/26/04- Earl Alphonzo Bolar, also known as Earl A. Bolar, also known as Earl Alfonso Bolar, also known as Al Richard Reed, also known as Paul Smith, also known as Raymond Earl Smith, also known as Ruben Smith, also known as Earl Alphonzo Stokey, also known as Robert Earl Williams, also known as Earl Alfonso Wright, 41, convicted March 28, 2003, in Richmond County of theft by shoplifting; sentenced to five years in prison, to run concurrently with a 15-year prison sentence handed down June 15, 1993, for a Richmond County conviction of burglary, which was running concurrently with an eight-year prison sentence handed down Oct. 14, 1988, for a Richmond County conviction of theft by shoplifting and misdemeanor counts of battery, obscene and vulgar language and giving a false name; paroled to Burke County effective Aug. 19

Earl was also arrested in RC on July 11th.

Bad things happen in jails, because bad people reside there.

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dougk 08/18/11 - 07:42 pm
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And, it's totally
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And, it's totally inappropriate to think and to say that Mr. Bolar is a "bad" person, Corgimom.

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TK3 08/18/11 - 07:56 pm
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And what... bad people run

And what... bad people run jails then?
"Bad things happen in jails, because bad people reside there."
Lord help you don't end up there, innocent or not, for some unexpected reason.

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Patty-P 08/18/11 - 08:33 pm
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whoa.....all that jail time

whoa.....all that jail time for shoplifting? I've seen people do worse and get NOTHING.

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 08:52 pm
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corgimom, for someone who is

corgimom, for someone who is so informed, you should know that many of the homeless are mentally ill. Many of them were just emptied out into the streets when the government run mental health facilities were closed. Also, I would consider anyone hanging out in a property they didn't own or lease IN THE NUDE to be a little less than stable, but, maybe that's normal behavior to you.

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 08:50 pm
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corgi, if you ever find

corgi, if you ever find yourself incarcerated, maybe you shouldn't share a lot with the other inmates:)

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augusta citizen 08/18/11 - 08:51 pm
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Ok, I won't even get into the

Ok, I won't even get into the other comments, but I have to ask, 4 other people were in the holding cell and did nothing, really?? It had to be 4 men, and not one of them did anything? I am amazed, I mean 4 men could have easily held off one, he was in jail, so it's not like he had a gun or something.

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 08:55 pm
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augusta citizen, my first

augusta citizen, my first thoughts as well. At first, I considered that they may have been fearful, but they did call out to the deputy when it was finished. Then again, maybe they were fearful, that one of them would be next. I'm with you though, they should have helped this poor fellow.

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augusta citizen 08/18/11 - 09:06 pm
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Willow, I'll give that they

Willow, I'll give that they may have been fearful, but if I was afraid I would be next, I'd for sure be fighting, sooner, not later.

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dougk 08/18/11 - 09:15 pm
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ok....ac and willow... the
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ok....ac and willow... the news article (if it is accurate) indicates that this was an unprovoked attack (very apparently) and happened in blitz sort of way. It's the same as all these folks saying that they are armed and everyone should be because theywill be safe. The human brain is not geared to process and react that quickly to unexpected phenomenon. Police officers are trained to anticipate the unexpected and they are better but not perfect in doing so..don't blame some common citizens in a lock-up. In any case, Mr. Bolar did not deserve to die in this way no matter what petty crimes he has been arrested for. And, Corgimom, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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Patty-P 08/18/11 - 09:21 pm
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I'm wondering if Taylor was

I'm wondering if Taylor was under the influence of drugs at the time. From what I'm reading in the article he 'was brought to the jail after assaulting a man at a halfway house for substance abusers.'

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 09:26 pm
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I'm not blaming them doug,

I'm not blaming them doug, just thinking about what could have happened differently. I really didn't think of it as a blitz like you say, but that does make more sense, that it was quick and they were all stunned and my thoughts were they were just fearful. Whatever happened, I do feel great compassion for him.

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 09:28 pm
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PattyP - or the lack of

PattyP - or the lack of drugs.

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dougk 08/18/11 - 10:28 pm
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willow, i didn't mean to
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willow, i didn't mean to infer that you are blaming anyone...even though my comments would indicate that.

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Willow Bailey 08/18/11 - 10:32 pm
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no problano, doug:)

no problano, doug:)

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AutumnLeaves 08/18/11 - 10:38 pm
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"May God forgive them, for

"May God forgive them, for they know not what they do." This quote just happened to come to mind after reading the articles and the comments. Apply it as you wish.

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GaStang22 08/18/11 - 11:49 pm
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Maybe Mr. Taylor will get
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Maybe Mr. Taylor will get what he gave in prison. Save us a bunch of money!! What a lowlife.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 08/18/11 - 11:49 pm
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supercub, really??? Oh good
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supercub, really??? Oh good grief another one.

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notsurprised 08/19/11 - 12:38 am
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I happen to have more info on

I happen to have more info on this story. A close, close friend of mine is one of the managers at the halfway house where the first incident (in the article above) took place. Originally, jeremy taylor came to the halfway house from swainsboro, ga where he assaulted a man and served some time for that. How much time I am not exactly sure. When he arrived to the halfway house, it was obvious that he is a troubled individual. On august 3rd, jeremy punched another house resident and completely knocked him out with one punch. The attack was completely sudden and out of no where. There was no confrontation at all. As a matter of fact the man was texting someone when he was assaulted. Jeremy then made the comment to another resident that he needed to go back to jail because he has some issues that he cant get over or get past. When the police came to arrest him he calmly put his hands behind his back and gladly went. It really saddens me to hear that this man died because of the beating he took from this jeremy taylor. He did confide in one of the resident managers as to why he is the way he is. Its a sad, terrible thing that happened to him as a child. But, in my opinion, that is no excuse for what he has done. And, for the record, if Jeremy was under the influence at the time of the august 3rd halfway house assault, the management was not aware of it.

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Vito45 08/19/11 - 12:46 am
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Willow says:"corgimom, for

Willow says:"corgimom, for someone who is so informed, you should know that many of the homeless are mentally ill. Many of them were just emptied out into the streets when the government run mental health facilities were closed."

That was done on my man Ronald Reagan's watch. One of his very few bad calls IMO.

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Craig Spinks 08/19/11 - 03:16 am
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(A)ugusta citizen, There were

(A)ugusta citizen,

There were four other males in the cell with the victim and his predator.

There are few men in jail. And not-many-more outside jail in the AUG, it seems.

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owensjef2 08/19/11 - 06:55 am
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Wow, very disturbing, on all

Wow, very disturbing, on all levels, 4 people watched this. Where's the deputy?

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