Gator case to be heard in Superior Court

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 11:53 AM
Last updated 12:57 PM
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One of two men charged with killing an alligator in Richmond County and leaving its carcass in a pond behind Brown Feed & Seed in Evans will have his case heard in Superior Court, rather than Columbia County Probate Court.

Luther Godowns, 65, of Columbia County, was charged in Columbia County with two misdemeanors: possession of illegally taken wildlife and “dumping of egregious litter.”

He appeared in Probate Court today, posted an $1,800 bond and asked that his case be moved to Superior Court, where he will request a jury trial.

On Aug. 23 , workers at Brown Feed & Seed found the butcchered remains of a large alligator in a pond behind the store off Washington Road, where a 9-foot gator has been living for several years. It was presumed to be the the pond’s resident gator.

Wildlife authorities later determined the resident gator was still alive and a similarly large gator killed illegally in Richmond County had been dumped there after its head, claws and tail were removed.

A second suspect, Bobby Charles Jones, 51, of Columbia County, was charged with two misdemeanors — hunting out of season and possession of illegally taken wildlife. His case was processed in Richmond County State Court earlier this month, and he was ordered to pay $1,350 in fines and serve 160 hours of community service at an animal shelter facility.

Mr. Godowns’ case will be sent to the Superior Court clerk’s office, where it will be entered and placed into the system. No trial date has been scheduled.

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woodymeister
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woodymeister 10/28/09 - 11:53 am
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The gators will have their

The gators will have their day in court this weekend! Go Gator.

Dolphinrose505
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Dolphinrose505 10/28/09 - 12:15 pm
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How come this man wasn't

How come this man wasn't charged with trespassing on private property or wrongful death of an animal? If he did this to an alligator, just think what he might do to a human. I guess he'd walk totally free then.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/28/09 - 12:22 pm
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The long JAWS of justice will

The long JAWS of justice will prevail!

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 10/28/09 - 01:02 pm
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When I swam in a gator pond I

When I swam in a gator pond I knew it was gator turf and I was the trespasser. Long live the gators!

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/28/09 - 01:50 pm
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Of all of the really dumb

Of all of the really dumb cases on the Richmond County books, this is one of them. False gator slaying. I hope Luther is found innocent of all charges.

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EARL84 10/28/09 - 02:00 pm
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Ummm, if they broke the law,

Ummm, if they broke the law, they should be punished.
As for the "dumping of egregious litter," it's too bad the race baiting of justus4 and jack the fruity can't be prosecuted for their daily dumping of racism on this site. Oh well

pommom38
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pommom38 10/28/09 - 02:07 pm
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Keep dreaming WP. Why on

Keep dreaming WP. Why on earth would anyone say that? The gator was killed, so pay the piper. You don't have to agree.
The guy is stupider than I thought originally to ask for a jury trial? omg, what did he think? There is such a high probability of having animal lovers on it, duh.. He would have made better shutting up and getting a sentence by the judge.

THINKABOUTIT
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THINKABOUTIT 10/28/09 - 02:18 pm
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What most of you dont

What most of you dont understand is this happens all the time. Just go out and get a Georgia Outdoor News Magazine (they are printed monthly) and go to the back couple of pages. There are numerous illegal activities noted in here just from the state of Georgia and 99.9 percent of them get a slap on the wrist. Not just for killing gators but also for deer, ducks, turkeys etc. So all of you ready to hang this man for one alligator are a little over the top. Relax he will get his minimal punishment in Superior Court just like all the rest. I am sure he didnt want to be tried in C.C. simply because of all the publicity. Btw if you do go a buy a GON Magazine it will tell you how all offenders that month were prosecuted and what they received as there punishment.

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montega12 10/28/09 - 02:36 pm
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uh let me tell you

uh let me tell you thinkaboutit you get caught killing a deer out of season you lose your gun the deer and your vehicle the laws for poaching are not as light as you think in some cases they get in more trouble for killing animals than humans and to dolphin that has to be the stupidist post ive ever read

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Fiat_Lux 10/28/09 - 02:55 pm
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DolphinRose, are you a

DolphinRose, are you a semi-literate 11-year-old girl? The PETA folks got to you early, didn't they?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/28/09 - 04:18 pm
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I guess the perspective I got

I guess the perspective I got growing up on a farm just doesn't work with city people. I never mistook an animal for a person. I never thought a person was a food or clothing source and I never thought of an animal as anything else. I do know a joke about the ugliest pig in the lot, though.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 10/28/09 - 04:45 pm
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does anyone know why they
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does anyone know why they dumped the hide at this spot? how did they get caught?

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