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Prosecutors to request no bail for Don Buie

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Former Albany Downtown Manager Don Buie is in jail. The former downtown manager turned himself in to deputies at two Monday morning.

He made his first appearance before a judge this morning to hear the 12 felony charges against him, which include theft by taking and conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision.

Don Buie turned himself into Deputies at the Dougherty County Jail about 1:30 AM and he had his first appearance before a Judge about 8:00.

The Judge declined to set a bail for Buie, and he will stay in jail until a Superior Court Judge holds a bond hearing.

Don Buie, dressed in a blue jail jumpsuit, heard the charges against him read by Judge Robert Revell. When asked if he had an attorney, Buie said it was Johnnie Graham. But when we contacted Graham's offiice Monday, we were told Graham is not representing Buie.

That must be cleared up before Buie has a bond hearing, but prosecutors say they want him held without bond.

Dougherty Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Cohilas said "Where a defendant has a prior record and they have loose or very few ties to our local community, we will oppose bond. There are some other factors."

GBI agents say their investigation into the books of ADICA and Albany Tomorrow continues, and that their work is being hampered by poor record keeping. But Prosecutors say this work is their top priority.

Cohilas said "The reason why, this deals with the most precious of funds, public dollars. And so our office has decided to make this a personal and very important mission."

The investigation also continues into Buie's connection with ADICA Board Member LaJuana Woods, who was given a $50,000 façade grant from Buie. Prosecutors say she has the right to appear before the Grand Jury because she is a public official. We contacted Woods by phone, and she declined an interview, saying she had nothing to say while the criminal investigation continues.

Nicole Brown, a woman who said she was involved with Buie romantically, and former Dollar Square store owner Tim Washington, also named in the criminal indictment, surrendered to law enforcement over the weekend and were released on bond.

Prosecutors would not say if they have talked to Buie since he surrendered.

Have you attempted to talk with him at all? Cohilas said "I'm not going to comment on that at this time." Is he working on a deal? Cohilas said "I'm not going to comment on that."

Now Buie waits in the Dougherty County jail.  Prosecutors say they want to take this case to trial as soon as possible, to restore public confidence in this government office.

Don Buie's wife, Shanon has until Monday night to turn herself in or she'll be arrested in North Carolina.

The judge will hold a hearing to determine whether bond will be set for Buie. Until then, he remains in the Dougherty County jail.

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