Former Ogelhtorpe County Sheriff William “Ray” Sanders is no longer looking at assault charges as a grand jury found there wasn’t enough evidence implicating him. His son in law, however, has been charged with assaulting a man on the incident that occurred May 15th of this year.
On May 15th, Sanders and his son in law “Winkie” Hill arrived at the home of Hill and his wife (Sanders’ daughter). The couple had been having difficulty and separated for a while. Upon their arrival at the home they encountered Steven Justin Griffith Sr. whom they suspected was selling drugs to Mrs. Hill.
A fight ensued which landed Griffith in the hospital with a concussion, broken nose, and facial lacerations. Hill now faces charges for the assault that Sanders’ was cleared of.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Sanders reportedly served as Sheriff until the age of 71 in the year 2000.
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