Testimony completed in Sutton hearing

pramati@macon.comJuly 14, 2014 

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Clayton Sutton, center, leaves for a lunch break in the Administrative Law Hearing centered around his recent firing from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. Sutton was fired by Sheriff David Davis for disobeying a direct order not to act as a law enforcement officer following Sutton's firing of his weapon, and the killing of a dog, on a call earlier in the year. The firing was not related to his killing years earlier of a man outside a Macon grocery store, an incident in which he was found to have acted properly. Neither Sutton nor Davis spoke to reporters during the break in the proceedings which were closed to public and media at Sutton's request. The judge running the hearing has between 15 and 30 days to rule as to whether or not Davis' firing of Sutton can stand.

GRANT BLANKENSHIP — Georgia Public Broadcasting

Both sides made their case Monday during an appeal filed by former Bibb County sheriff’s deputy Clayton Sutton.

Sutton was fired last month for alleged insubordination.

The hearing was closed to the public at Sutton’s request. Such administrative hearings are generally open to the public, but Bibb County’s civil service guidelines give an employee the option to close it, and Sutton did so.

Hearing officer Joel Howe now has 15 days to rule on Sutton’s appeal, Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore said. However, Howe can request an additional 15 days if he deems it necessary.

Sutton was fired last month for disobeying an order by Sheriff David Davis. Davis had ordered Sutton to handle administrative work only while investigators checked an incident in which Sutton fired his weapon at a dog while chasing a suspect.

Davis later said Sutton disobeyed the order after he stopped people on Ga. 247 for “acting suspiciously.”

Sutton gained notoriety in December 2012 while he was a member of the Macon Police Department after he shot and killed Sammie “Junebug” Davis Jr. in the parking lot of a Pio Nono Avenue grocery store after Davis attacked him.

The incident sparked several protests in Macon by residents who wanted Sutton fired. A GBI investigation cleared Sutton, however, calling the shooting justified.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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