Controversial Bill Stands Ground

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A man walking the streets of Meigs, Georgia Tuesday afternoon was attacked and badly beaten by two other men.

INV Jason Carroll of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office says, "He was beat down pretty bad, and then the two fled."

Investigators say Santell Thomas is charged with aggravated assault in connection with the beating, but under a proposed law, even suspects like Thomas could claim their actions were in self defense. It's called the "stand your ground bill."

The proposed law would allow people to defend themselves in public areas such as sidewalks and parking lots.

Jasmine Davis, who supports the proposed law, says, "If you feel like your life is threatened, then you have to do what you do. There shouldn't be any questions asked about why you did it."

But opponents of the bill say criminals could easily manipulate the proposed law to work in their favor.

INV Carroll adds, "Folks are going to take advantage of it, and be able to hurt somebody up to killing them and be able to use this bill as a front."

The bill passed a Georgia House judiciary committee Tuesday, and could reach the full House by the end of this week.

Thomas County sheriff's investigators are still looking for one more suspect in Tuesday’s assault. The suspect's name is Chris McClendon. Anyone with information in the case should call 229-225-3348.