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February 13, 2008

Albany -- Two Dougherty County police officers are being sued for over a wreck that killed an Athens man and seriously injured his father.  

Dougherty County HEAT officer Jeremiah Fenn hit the back of a U-Haul trailer being towed by a Toyota SUV on I-16 near Metter April 3rd, 2007. The SUV flipped, killing 33-year-old Milton Wilcox, and 57-year-old William Wilcox was partially paralyzed.

Officer Fenn told investigators he looked down to adjust his computer and CD player just before the crash.

The District Attorney in Candler County is not pursuing felony charges against Fenn, but Wilcox has filed a civil suit claiming that officer Fenn and officer Oscar Gilliam were drafting and their actions led to the wreck.

DCP Chief Don Cheek hasn't seen a copy of the lawsuit but says the fatal wreck was a terrible tragedy and his officers have his full support.  "We're going to provide every bit of support we possible can. We've done that from day one, and will continue to do that regardless of where this leads."

 Officer Fenn remains on administrative duties. Officer Gilliam now works at the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit. Wilcox wants a jury trial and is seeking unspecified damages.

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