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Legal fees to help poor defendants

January 19, 2004

Americus-- Legal fees from an infamous South Georgia murder case is being donated to help poor defendants.

Daniel Colwell was sentenced to death in 1998 for killing an Ellaville couple outside the Americus Wal-Mart in 1996.

Colwell, who suffered from psychiatric problems, hung himself in his cell last January.

His family filed a wrongful death suit against the state, settling for $50,000 dollars plus an additional $30,000 dollars in legal fees.

The King and Spalding law firm in Atlanta is donating that money, plus other awards from their pro bono cases, to the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. The money will be used to recruit attorneys to represent poor people charged with crimes.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com