Bond Set For Richmond County Coroner Charged In Theft

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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.



 
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