Originally created 06/28/02

Across Georgia and South Carolina



Man in 1999 sex case runs for school board

CUTHBERT, Ga. -A former Randolph County school bus driver and bookkeeper, fired in 1999 because of charges he had sex with a student, is running for the Randolph County school board.

Lee Morris Jordan, then 37, was acquitted by a Eufaula, Ala., jury in June 2000 on charges of sodomy and enticing a child for immoral purposes, said District Attorney Boyd Whigham, who tried the case.

The charges were brought after a 15-year-old male student at Randolph-Clay High School said he had sex with Mr. Jordan on more than one occasion in motels in Eufaula.

Two will not testify in sheriff's slaying

ALBANY, Ga. -Two men acquitted of murder charges in the shooting of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown likely will not testify in the murder and racketeering trial of former Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, prosecutors said Thursday.

Prosecutors said they cannot find David Ramsey and believe he is in the Virgin Islands, where he grew up. The lawyer for Melvin Walker, who prosecutors have called the triggerman, said Mr. Walker would refuse to testify based on his constitutional right not to incriminate himself.

A DeKalb County jury cleared Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Walker in January on all charges involved in the December 2000 slaying of Sheriff-elect Brown.

Mr. Dorsey is accused of ordering the December 2000 ambush slaying of Sheriff-elect Brown, who had beaten him in a bitter runoff election several months earlier.

Guard admits sex with prison inmate

COLUMBIA -A former prison guard has pleaded guilty to having sex with a prison inmate, Attorney General Charlie Condon said Thursday.

Carol L. Bell, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual intercourse with an inmate. The offense occurred in September 2000 while Ms. Bell was working at Manning Correctional Institution.

Ms. Bell, of Columbia, was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended to six months' probation.