Attorney seeks to end 5-year case

Published 7:48 am Friday, July 28, 2023

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Attorney David Sawyer spoke Tuesday at the Selma City Council meeting, seeking a end to the 2018  case involving three Selma Police Officers.

Officers Toriano Neely, Jeffrey Hardy and Kendall Thomas were charged in November, 2018 with knowingly falsifying, concealing or covering up material or making a false or fraudulent statement in a matter under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

Sawyer said the three officers hadn’t been paid since that time and were wrongfully terminated.

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“I want to work out a resolution with the Selma City Council and solve this case,” Sawyer said.“I don’t want this case to continue another two years.”

Selma City Council President Billy Young told Sawyer that he’d talk with Ben Goldman, the city council’s Attorney, before going forward.

Dario Melton was Selma’s Mayor at the time. Spencer Collier was the Selma’s Police Chief at the time.

Julian McPhillips, now retired, was the original Attorney on the case.