Buie hearing set for Nov. 25, county voids ADICA lease

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Buie has been indicted alongside his former girlfriend Nicole Brown; his wife, Shanon Buie, and former downtown business owner Tim Washington in connection with a series of alleged schemes that prosecutors contend defrauded the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority of thousands of dollars while Buie was ADICA's CEO.

Buie's attorney, Johnnie Graham, filed the motion following Buie's bond hearing arguing that Buie's right to a fair and impartial jury may have been comprised due in part to the extensive media coverage of the investigation and his subsequent arrest.

Buie is being held at the Dougherty County Jail after Marshall denied bond, citing concerns that he was a possible flight risk despite the fact he surrendered himself following his indictment.

Meanwhile, the Dougherty County Commission voted unanimously Monday to forgive ADICA for the remaining term of a lease for the space Buie sublet to Washington's Dollar Square store. The decision comes after ADICA paid the county more than $12,000 in back rent on the space.

Buie negotiated both the lease with the county and the lease with Washington, which was later revealed to have been a verbal agreement for just one dollar per month for the first two years of the agreement that was masked by a bogus written agreement calling for $700 per month.

ADICA voted last month to terminate the lease with Washington and demand his back rent and the repayment of a facade grant Buie had granted him without the knowledge of the board.