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Commission approves $75,000 settlement in inmate's death

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 3:53 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 2:09 AM
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The Augusta Commission authorized a $75,000 settlement Tuesday in the death of Earl Bolar, who was fatally beaten in August 2011 while he slept on the floor of a holding cell at the Richmond County jail.

Bolar, 48, had a crack cocaine addiction and left his Waynesboro, Ga., home for Augusta, where he was jailed Aug. 3, 2011, for disorderly conduct.

Deputies were unaware they had placed Bolar into a cell with violent offenders, according to the settlement, although the man whom authorities identified as Bolar’s assailant, Jeremy Gene Taylor, had been arrested earlier that day after being accused of breaking a man’s jaw at a Walker Street halfway house.

In the holding cell as other inmates stood by, Bolar was attacked while he slept. The incident lasted less than a minute, according to the settlement.

Bolar’s mother told The Augusta Chronicle in 2011 that her son was a helpful, upbeat man who struggled with addiction but whose life shouldn’t have ended that way.

“My son died right there before he even got to the hospital,” Mattie Williams said.

Bolar, 48, suffered skull injuries and was kept alive by machines until Aug. 17, 2011.

Taylor, 32, remains in the Richmond County jail on aggravated battery and murder charges.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/21/13 - 06:12 pm
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Well set aside another $75K

Well set aside another $75K and hopefully Taylor will come up dead in a cell too.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/21/13 - 06:39 pm
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taylor
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needs to be summarily shot on the spot.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 08/21/13 - 07:35 pm
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Richmond Co Got Lucky

This is the lowest settlement I have ever seen in a case like this. Dichotomy $150,000 would be a bargain to get rid of Taylor!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/21/13 - 11:55 pm
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If he were given a citation

If he were given a citation and a promise to appear for disorderly conduct he'd be alive today. Many municipalities handle D.O. in this manner.

jkline
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jkline 08/22/13 - 05:09 am
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$76,000 in Weregeld

The legal concept that a man's killing can be paid for with money is called "weregeld," and dates back at least to the old Frankish Salic Code of law of the early 6th Century. I learned about it in grammar school, and I remember my fifth grade teacher remarking that it was an example of how barbarous we were in the Dark Ages. This instance shows that the Salic Code is still a component of US laws in the 21st Century.

So much for the falsely proclaimed "sanctity of human life." I consider that the human race can make some claim to technical progress, but none to legal progress.

validPoint
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validPoint 08/22/13 - 01:48 pm
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Non-Violent

Was there no addictions center with staff available to deal with this non violent person? Seems this should have not been a police matter from the beginning. The guy really should not have died the way he did, and the piece of crud that killed him should be dealt with by the fullest letter of the law...a low life coward to say the least.

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mattiewill 08/22/13 - 04:05 pm
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My son

The family of Earl Bolar did not and would not have done such a stupid
thing making a settlement for such a small amount my son life to us was much more then that . His A Strange wife Mary, after she found out that I had put in a lawsuit she put one in and that over turn my lawsuit 75,000 split between her and his 2 children plus lawyer fee what would she get ..My son would not want her to have no more than she is going to get.

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