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September 24, 2002

Coffee County - The wife of a former Coffee County Sheriff wins a lawsuit against the GBI. Karleen Evans is suing again, saying agents caused the death of her husband, Carlton Evans.

Mrs. Evans was offered $22,000 for costs and attorneys' fees in federal court. She sued GBI agents Bill Butler and Scott Whitley for violating her constitutional rights.

The lawsuit followed a drug raid in October of 2000. Coffee County Sheriff Carlton Evans and 15 other people, including deputies and farmers, were accused of growing marijuana plants in Irwin County. GBI agents tried to arrest Sheriff Evans, but he fled and later committed suicide in the woods near his house.

Today, Mrs. Evans' attorney's filed an amendment against the State of Georgia claiming GBI agents, through negligence and incompetence, caused the death of her husband.

Last year, fifteen people plead guilty to participating in the drug ring.

posted at 5:32PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com