partlycloudy
Thursday July 30th, 2015 12:08AM

5 Ga. prison guards accused of beating inmates

By The Associated Press
PELHAM, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in south Georgia say five state prison guards accused of assaulting inmates have been fired and arrested.

Mitchell County District Attorney Joe Mulholland told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( http://bit.ly/1ewZ6jh ) on Thursday the guards are accused of beating inmates at the Autry State Prison in Pelham Feb. 8 and one guard is accused of destroying video footage of the incident.

Three guards are charged with battery and violating their oaths, one is charged with simple assault and violating his oath, and the fifth guard is charged with tampering with evidence and violating his oath.

Georgia Department of Corrections officials told the newspaper the agency sent internal affairs to investigate and it takes allegations of inmate abuse very seriously.

Mulholland says he expects to present the case to a grand jury.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 6 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 6 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 6 months ago )
Local/State News
Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance."No longer will older American...
12:01AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to...
8:57PM ( 3 hours ago )
Full service restored to Demorest water customers
A water outage in the Fairview community of Habersham County caused by storm-related damage Wednesday afternoon has been repaired and full service has been restored to the area.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:47PM ( 3 hours ago )
Railroad crossing in Winder reopened after crash
A railroad crossing in Winder was closed Wednesday afternoon after a tractor trailer collided with a a train.
6:29PM ( 5 hours ago )
Video: Gainesville elementary schools to add golf program to PE curriculum
All 5 Gainesville city elementary schools will add the First Tee National School Program to their physical education instruction.
6:16PM ( 5 hours ago )