Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Man turns down sheriff's $30,000 settlement offer and takes case to a jury.
A jury was seated Monday to hear a Hardeeville man's lawsuit claiming malicious prosecution by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office after the beating of a Bluffton man.
Theophilus D. Hamilton, acquitted in the brutal beating in 2008 that put Brian Lanese in intensive care for a month with head injuries, seeks undisclosed damages and alleges unlawful arrest, abuse of process and defamation. His trial is to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Beaufort County Courthouse in Beaufort and is expected to last through the week. Hamilton and his former co-defendant in the criminal case, Harry Chris Battle Jr. of Bluffton, filed the suit in 2011.
Only Hamilton will take the civil case to court, as Battle accepted an undisclosed settlementhttp://www.thestate.com/2014/08/04/3600259/jury-selection-begins-in-malicious.html