Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason's domestic violence trial date set for Monday

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:18 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:04 AM
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A trial date has been set in the misdemeanor domestic violence case against Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason.

Mason’s case is scheduled for trial at 9 a.m. Monday in a third-floor courtroom of the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse, said Richmond County State Court Administrator Jan Hardy. The commissioner’s attorney, Freddie Sanders, filed a motion for a speedy trial in March.

He said Tuesday that the commissioner hoped for some resolution in the case soon.

“I fully anticipate first thing Monday morning we’ll be picking a jury,” Sanders said.

Mason pleaded not guilty at a March 29 hearing to charges of simple assault and simple battery. Prosecutor Fay McCormack, an attorney at Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia who was assigned to the case after local prosecutors recused themselves, later amended the formal accusation to include a second count of battery.

The charges stem from a Dec. 23 incident at Mason’s Hephzibah residence in which his wife told deputies he grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against the wall during a dispute. Deputies responding to Velma Mason’s 911 call saw redness and a small cut on her neck, according to an incident report.

Mason surrendered to authorities Dec. 27 and spent no time in jail.

In court filings, Velma Mason described the incident: “My husband perceived that another family member was in potential physical harm and naturally he intervened in the matter; during his intervention, emotions flared up and my husband displayed aggressive behavior toward me, his wife. His aggressive behavior was new territory for us both.”

In another statement she made to a victim assistance coordinator, she said her husband felt threatened by a conversation she had with a female friend immediately before the incident, and that she hoped to work things out with him.

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howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 05/15/12 - 03:24 pm
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Timing?

Think Mr. Mason's very public rally and rousing speech was timed to coincide with the trial? Maybe to garner some public sympathy?

jmo
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jmo 05/15/12 - 05:53 pm
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Deport him

Deport him

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/15/12 - 07:54 pm
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Come on now!

HCWK, don't be so tough on him. From the account, both were tangoing and neither want it prosecuted. The interesting thing about all of this is two fold. 1) How much politics played into this? and 2) It discourages families from seeking help from law enforcement to see all decisions ripped out of their hands. Yeah, yeah, before some come unglued, not advocating for domestic violence, just being a realist.

JMO, are you still mad at me? I apologize for getting so passionate towards you on the other article:(

avidreader
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avidreader 05/16/12 - 04:39 am
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Enjoy the Show

Barnum and Bailey would be well suited for Mr. Mason's act. Our esteemed commissioner could stand center ring and entertain the audience with his blistering rhetoric. Students could attend, and as a prescribed lesson, tally the number of times Mr. Mason butchers the English language.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/16/12 - 06:28 am
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YAWN

It will be over before you know it...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/16/12 - 07:02 am
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Public servant.
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mason's a public servant. They do no wrong. Free da man.

whiteflighttocc1
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whiteflighttocc1 05/16/12 - 07:49 am
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could he get any jail time if
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could he get any jail time if convicted for this? How much?

toppergem
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toppergem 05/16/12 - 01:20 pm
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Wish Him the Best of Luck

But, in Augusta...with the crazies we have running our governmental agencies...it ain't gonna happen!

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