News Release: Associated Press News
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Bond has been set at $3,000 for the Richmond County coroner, who prosecutors say stole a car belonging to a dead man.
The Augusta Chronicle reports Coroner Grover Tuten appeared in court Friday, a day after he was arrested.
District Attorney Ashley Wright says Tuten is suspected of keeping a 2004 Nissan Altima belonging to a man who died in April and using it as his personal vehicle. Wright says Tuten paid to have the car serviced in May and was using a tag issued for a trailer he owns.
Prosecutors say the coroner is supposed to secure any property and turn it over to the school board if no one claims it after four years.
A phone message left for Tuten's attorney was not immediately returned.