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Lee County-- We now know more about an incident that led to a confidential settlement involving Former Lee County Sheriff's Deputy Donnie Spillers.

He's accused of taking part in a scheme to have a man wrongfully arrested.

Spillers is now charged with involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of 17-year-old Wesley Beaver.

Last year, William Williamson sued Virginia Crisp for bribing police officers to arrest him. Williamson worked for Crisp's father who planned to add Williamson to his will.

Williamson's lawsuit claimed Virginia Crisp and Spillers offered two Moultrie Police officers and a Colquitt County sheriff's deputy $100.00 to arrest Williamson.

Crisp said Williamson was driving with a suspended license possibly had drugs in his vehicle. An officer pulled over Williamson at least three times, one time ransacking his truck and arresting him. But no drugs were found and Williamson was never charged.

As part of a confidential settlement, Crisp and Spillers paid Williamson an undisclosed amount of money. According to his personnel file, Spillers was never punished by the Lee County Sheriff's Office for the incident.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com