Williams won't talk to investigators about hard drive

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

News 12 First at Five, June 20, 2007

AUGUSTA,Ga---Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength says he was hoping to get to the bottom of Augusta's hard drive controversy after meeting with commissioner Marion Williams Wednesday.

But, Williams did not show up for the meeting scheduled with investigators at the law enforcement center.

Sheriff Strength say Williams orginally told investigators he would meet with them sometime on Wednesday afternoon. However, the sheriff says Williams called late Wednesday afternoon, tellling authorities he decided not to talk to them after talking to his attorney.

Authorities say they wanted to find out whether Williams has a copy of the city administrator's hard drive as he claims. If he does have it, the sheriff says they will investigate whether it was obtained legally.

Williams told News 12 in May that he obtained a copy of the hard drive legally from a "professional source." He says he suspected the administrator was running a personal business on the city computer.

Williams has not been charged with a crime. For that reason, he says he is not obligated to speak to authorities.

Sheriff Strength says, "We were hoping to talk to him, but what we'll do is we've got some more interviews we want to do, we want to either confirm or deny that he does have it or he does not have it."

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  • by Diane Location: Augusta on Jun 27, 2007 at 05:25 AM
    Let's change Marion's name to Marion "Paris Hilton" Williams.... He gets away with as much as she does. Lets see how long I could get away with not paying taxes or steal sensitive info from the county!!!!!
  • by mack on Jun 21, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    What does it say about augusta, when a commissioner tells the world that he has the item in question, BUT then refuses to talk to law enforcement when asked. if he has nothing to hide come forward and speak to officers. So now he back steps and hides. maybe its time the the citizens who put him in office to remove him?
  • by Jack Reacher Location: Augusta on Jun 21, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    The commission does not determine the Sheriff's salary, the state does. The commission controls the Sheriff's budget, which is not the same thing. Have we not wasted enough time on this nonsense already..?
  • by Debbie on Jun 21, 2007 at 06:09 AM
    It seems that Marion Williams is constantly pointing his finger at someone. Does he not know that everytime he does that, he's got 3 fingers pointed back at him? He needs to pay his taxes and concentrate on the real problems in Augusta. Better yet, he just needs to go!
  • by Dean Location: Augusta on Jun 21, 2007 at 04:14 AM
    Marion's actions are just another testament as to the disfunctionality of the Commission. His actions in this matter, as well as his continuous race bateing, are more than enough to cause his permanent removal from government office. His actions in this matter are no different than those of a common criminal.
  • by John Location: Augusta on Jun 20, 2007 at 01:40 PM
    In Mr Wlliam's own lingo, "I-buh I-buh got sho-nuf nuttin' to hide". Mr. Williams, can't we all just get along?
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