Ex-sheriff denied bond in killing

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County sheriff charged in the slaying of his successor lost his appeal for bond on Monday.

Sidney Dorsey's lawyer had argued that Superior Court Judge Edward Wheeler failed to provide specific reasons for denying bond and based his Dec. 11 decision on insufficient evidence.

Superior Court Judge Linda Warren Hunter rejected the argument.

Dorsey, who was sheriff from 1997 to 2000, is one of three men charged with murder in the Dec. 15, 2000, slaying of Derwin Brown, who had defeated Dorsey four months earlier in a runoff election.

Former DeKalb Deputy Patrick Cuffy and former Dorsey employee Paul Skyers have been given immunity in exchange for their testimony against Dorsey and the other defendants.

Cuffy has testified that Dorsey ordered the slaying. Dorsey denies that. His case will likely go to the grand jury next month, prosecutors said.

Melvin Walker and David Ramsey were indicted and are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

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