Originally created 09/08/01

Physician will face long fight in courts



BRUNSWICK, Ga. - As Brunswick physician Carl M. Drury Jr. remains in jail on federal charges of hiring a federal undercover agent to kill his wife, his name is on the dockets of several courts, including bankruptcy court.

It's so many courts, in fact, that the lawyer who filed divorce proceedings last week on behalf of Dr. Drury's estranged wife, Mary, said it's going to be hard to keep up.

"There are so many irons in this fire, we're all going to have to learn to be blacksmiths," attorney Holle Weiss-Friedman said.

As he sits in jail in lieu of a $5 million bond, Dr. Drury is trying to hang on to his home and other property. He filed for protection from his creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court last week, a day after U.S. Magistrate G.R. Smith imposed the bond.

Dr. Drury's lawyers have asked for a reduction in the bond.

Had he not filed bankruptcy, Dr. Drury's home, medical office and other property in Brunswick would have been sold on the steps of the Glynn County Courthouse on Tuesday. Another foreclosure auction had been scheduled the same day at the Camden County courthouse on Dr. Drury's medical office in Kingsland. First National Bank of St. Marys has foreclosed on the property for unpaid debt.

Lawyer Stephen L. Berry, who represents First National in the foreclosure, said the sale will be delayed until a resolution is reached in bankruptcy court.

In addition to U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Dr. Drury must appear in McIntosh County for a bond hearing on charges there, should he be released from federal custody. He is charged in McIntosh County with criminal intent to commit murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Undercover ATF Agent Louis J. Valoze testified at the bond hearing that Dr. Drury had contacted him by phone to contract for the slaying of his wife, a violation of federal law.