Coliseum altercation case settled without trial

The simple battery criminal cases involving community activist Woody Merry and Coliseum Authority member William Fennoy have been resolved without going to trial.

The case against Mr. Fennoy has been dismissed, and the case against Mr. Merry has been put on the "dead docket," Solicitor Harold Jones said this morning.

Mr. Jones said he interviewed seven witnesses to an altercation that occured May 29, all but one of them authority members, and it appears Mr. Merry was the primary aggressor.

Mr. Merry has to apologize in writing to Mr. Fennoy and the Coliseum Authority, which he has done, and he "... cannot act in a disorderly manner while he attends any public meetings in Augusta-Richmond County," according to the dead docket order.

In his apology letter, Mr. Merry wrote: "... on rare occasions, I may become overzealous with respect to my sincere belief that we must all come together as one Community in order to achieve thse goals."

If he abides by the conditions, after a year he can apply to have his record expunged, according Mr. Jones.

"You have two people who have been good citizens," he said. "Do they really deserve criminal records? The question was: Was there some other avenue that could be pursued and I felt there was."

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