Judge dismisses Hollman case

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 15, 2008


A municipal judge has dismissed a case of resisting arrest against a Selma man and his grandson.

Kourtney Gordon and Walter Hollman Jr. of Selma walked out of Selma Municipal Court free men, ending a months-long battle that saw accusations and counter-accusations about behavior of some former Selma Police officers.

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Gordon was charged with a traffic violation and attempting to elude officers. Hollman was charged with resisting arrest.

Both stemmed from an incident in March with police officers from Selma after one patrolman allegedly attempted to pull over Gordon to issue a citation.

Gordon drove to the house of his grandfather. Later, a confrontation ensued between Hollman and the police. Officers arrested the two men. Hollman and Gordon said the officers threw them to the ground and used excessive force.

However, a grand jury did not issue an indictment, or formal charge, for the officers earlier this year.

The municipal court trial against Gordon and Hollman began April 11, but the judge continued the case after the city presented its case because of stormy weather.

The trial resumed May 9, but police officers subpoenaed to testify did not appear.

The witnesses were necessary for defense attorney Faya Rose Tour/ to present her case, she said.

Hunter said she is unsure if the family will pursue any further legal action.