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Bibb deputy arrested, accused of kicking handcuffed man

A Bibb County deputy was charged with simple battery and violating his oath of office Friday stemming from his allegedly kicking a handcuffed man in the chest last August.

Nathaniel Woodard, 28, was booked into the county jail at about 11:30 a.m. and is being held on a $2,840 bond, according to jail records.

Woodard was in uniform at about 5 a.m. Aug. 10 when he kicked 39-year-old Devasco M. Holly on Brief Street near Third Avenue, according to arrest warrants.

Holly was on his knees with his hands cuffed behind his back, according to the warrants.

The incident was captured on video, which internal affairs investigators who were already looking into the incident received in July. That led to his charges and subsequent arrest.

“Deputies are expected to enforce the law, not break it. I will not tolerate this blatant disregard for the oath we all took to uphold,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said in a news release.

Davis terminated Woodard’s employment on Friday, and the deputy was also found in violation of several Bibb County Sheriff’s Office policies.

Bibb County Superior Court records show Holly was indicted on an obstruction charge stemming from an Aug. 10 incident involving another deputy. On Sept. 16, he pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and battery and was sentenced to 12 months on probation for each charge, along with a $500 fine.

The criminal trespass and battery charges stemmed from a June 18, 2013, incident, and a burglary charge -- to which Holly pleaded not guilty -- is still pending in superior court from that same day.

A prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss the case against Holly on July 10, citing “in the interest of justice” as the reason, according to court records.

Woodard applied for a position with the former Macon Police Department in September 2010 and graduated from the police academy the following summer. Macon police merged with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in 2014.

Telegraph writer Jeremy Timmerman contributed to this report, which includes information from Telegraph archives. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter @awomackmacon.

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