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Bolia, Pirkle plead not guilty in court

A Dearing businessman and a former teacher/band director at two local schools pleaded not guilty to separate criminal charges in McDuffie County Superior Court last Thursday.

The two men were arraigned before Toombs Judicial Circuit Senior Judge E. Purnell Davis, who was appointed to hear the cases because Judge Harold A. Hinesley was out of town.

Mr. Bolia, through his attorney Chad Medlin, entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

A McDuffie County Grand Jury recently returned a two-count indictment against Mr. Bolia stemming from the death of 65-year-old Louie Williford, of Railroad Street, Dearing, in March of this year.

Mr. Bolia has been jailed in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center since the grand jury returned the indictments.

In a separate court case, Philip Bradley Pirkle, of Johns Road, Thomson, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of violation of computer electronic pornography and child exploitation and sexual exploitation of children. The plea was verbally submitted by Mr. Pirkle's defense attorney, Peter Followill, who is with Conaway & Strickler, P.C., of Atlanta.

A grand jury indicted him on those charges earlier this year.

Mr. Pirkle and Mr. Followill conferred with each other outside the courthouse before the brief hearing.

A former schoolteacher/band director at what was then known as Thomson Middle School and Thomson-McDuffie County Junior High School, Mr. Pirkle resigned his position prior to his arrest by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson. His arrest took place earlier this year.

Mr. Pirkle remains free on bond.

Trial dates have not yet been set for Mr. Bolia or Mr. Pirkle.

Web posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010

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