GA: Police chief pleads not guilty in hunting case
Morehouse police chief pleads not guilty in hunting case
May 14, 2009
Morehouse College police chief Vernon Worthy pleaded not guilty Thursday
on charges stemming from a hunting confrontation in Middle Georgia.
Worthy, who is charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and
pointing a gun at another, entered his plea in Lamar County Superior Court.
The incident happened on Nov. 11 when Nathaniel Rooks of Barnesville and
Worthy encountered each other on land Rooks claimed he had permission to
hunt, according to Barnesville.com
Rooks was in a deer stand when he saw Worthy and approached him.
Rooks testified in a preliminary hearing that Worthy pulled a pistol and
ordered him to lie face down on the ground, according to Barnesville.com.
"He told me, 'I will blow your [expletive deleted] brains out if you try
anything,'" Rooks testified.
During the hearing, Worthy's lawyer said the charges are "not legitimate"
and that Worthy "has been an outstanding law enforcement officer" for four
The case has been placed on the trial calendar, according to
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