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Beaver family files suit in Lee County Court

August 22, 2005

Dawson -- The family of a Lee County teen shot and killed by a Sheriff's Deputy in February filed a ten million dollar lawsuit Monday.

The family of Wesley Beaver mailed that wrongful death suit to Lee County Superior Court rather than filing it in Federal Court.

The 17-year old was shot in the head by then Lee County Sheriff's Captain Donnie Spillers after a traffic stop February 13th. He died hours later.

Spillers was charged with involuntary manslaughter and fired by Sheriff Harold Breeden. The Beaver's attorney decided to file the lawsuit in Lee County to make sure the civil case is heard by members of that community.

 Beaver family attorney Wilbur T. Gamble III said "We want it in Lee County,and let the citizens of that county hear about the activities of their Sheriff Department. Hear what happened that night, and let them make the decision about what should happen."

The suit names Lee County, the state of Georgia, Sheriff Harold Breeden, and Donnie Spillers as defendants.

 It charges that Spillers and fellow Deputy Sandra Pressley planted a knife in Beaver's car and lied to the G-B-I during the initial investigation. The suit claims the two deputies later admitted planting the knife.

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