News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, May 18, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The case against Richmond County Commissioner Alvin Mason has been continued until June. Mason was originally scheduled to appear in state court Monday morning on several charges, but the court administrator told News 12 the court date has been rescheduled because a speedy trial demand was dismissed.
We have Velma Mason's court filings, and you may be surprised to hear her statements.
"What's wrong?" asked a 911 operator.
"My husband just put his hands on me," cried Velma in late December 2011.
"OK, what's your name?" the operator asked.
"My name is Velma Mason," she replied.
It is the 911 call that landed commissioner Alvin Mason behind bars. He is now preparing to go before a judge on charges of battery-visible harm, simple assault and simple battery.
"He in no way attacked or assaulted or committed battery on anybody," said Freddie Sanders, Mason's attorney. "He is not that type of person if anybody knows him."
Mason and his attorney made a joint appearance on our weekly radio segment back in March. We stopped by Mason's subdivision around that same time, where Velma Mason spoke out for the first time.
"When I get all of this gathered together, I'm going to call you," Velma promised.
"How are you doing?" we asked.
"I'm doing well," she said.
It turns out, Velma signed Mason's consent of release form.
"I feel I am not in any danger based on my husband coming home. It would be best that we work our issues at home," wrote Velma on the release form.
"He was in a family situation," Sanders said. "He defused a family situation and that is all this is."
That is largely in line with Velma's official statement filed in court.
"My husband perceived that another family member was in potential physical harm and naturally intervened," Velma said. "During this intervention, emotions flared up and my husband displayed aggressive behavior toward me, his wife."
Velma goes on to say, "I believe my husband didn't intend to hurt me; I have never been afraid of my husband ... I prayerfully believe this type of behavior will not be conducted in our home again."