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Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:56 AM
Last updated Friday, March 30, 2012 2:11 AM
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Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason’s wife and 28-year-old daughter are potential witnesses in the domestic violence case against him if it goes to trial, Mason’s attorney, Freddie Sanders, said Thursday.

Mason, now in his second term as commissioner, pleaded not guilty in Richmond County State Court on Thursday morning to charges of simple assault and simple battery arising from a Dec. 23 incident involving his wife at their home.

According to Sanders, Mason was intervening in a “potential disagreement” between Mason’s wife and adult daughter when the incident took place.

“A family potential disagreement … was escalating, and Mr. Mason stopped it, got in the middle of it and stopped it,” Sanders said.

The December incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office made no mention of Mason’s 28-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. It indicated simply that Mason grabbed his wife, Velma, by the throat and “pushed her against the wall,” causing redness and a small cut on her neck.

Though Mason’s not guilty plea means a demand for a jury trial, Sanders said he hopes the matter can be resolved without one.

“Thinking of a wife sitting in a courtroom testifying against her husband, if there’s some way we can work it out, we will try to work it out,” he said.

The couple remains married, Sanders said.

Now in his second consecutive term as commissioner, Mason, a Department of Defense employee and retired soldier, has been eyed by some as a potential candidate to become Augusta’s second black elected mayor in 2014.

A special prosecutor from Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia – assigned to handle the case after the State Court Solicitor Charles Evans recused the office – was not present for Mason’s plea Thursday.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/29/12 - 12:08 pm
Well surely somebody had to

Well surely somebody had to be there representing the city or state government (see last sentence in the story). I wonder who it was and what the title was.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 03/29/12 - 02:40 pm
Is the wife interested in

Is the wife interested in pressing charges or not? If not, call this off and spare the taxpayers the expense.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/29/12 - 02:50 pm
Agree, Willow.

Agree, Willow.

lynn7044 03/30/12 - 10:37 am
I agree with Mason, your

I agree with Mason, your child is for life a wife can be replace.When it comes to your child its your job as a parent to always protect your child. So if wife is going to press the charges she either do so or stop wasting our tax dollars. Richmond county waste more money about silly stuff

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