Ga. county settles warrant lawsuit for $300,000

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

TRION, Ga. (AP) -- A northwest Georgia couple has won a $300,000 settlement from Chattooga County after a former county sheriff and deputy were accused of trying to obtain an illegitimate warrant to search their home.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports sheriff's officials investigated a pawnshop owned by Mark and Connie Gordon, of Trion, in April because they believed the shop was selling items stolen during burglaries.

Their suit claims former Sheriff John Everett and deputy Kandy Dodd tried getting a second warrant, saying the original had an error on it. The newspaper reports sheriff's officials changed the address on the second warrant from the pawn shop to the Gordons' home address although authorities had no probable cause to search their house.

Trion is about 40 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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