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Judge Willie Weaver under investigation

ALBANY, Ga. -- The chief municipal court judge for the City of Albany is being investigated by the GBI following a weekend domestic violence incident, investigators say.

Judge Willie Weaver was allegedly involved in an incident with his wife, Sarazun Weaver Vester, late Saturday night that sent her to Palmyra Medical Centers with "superficial injuries," according to an incident report filed with the Albany Police Department.

Upon learning of the incident, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look at the matter and render an opinion, he said.

"I think it's an appropriate election to take that course because the GBI will be an independent investigative body," Edwards said. "We don't want to have a potential conflict of interest.

"We wanted to be clear that we'll be dealing with this in an appropriate manner."

Calls seeking comment from Weaver at Municipal Court Monday were unsuccessful. He's scheduled to sit on the bench at Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

No charges have been filed.

According to the report, the incident occurred in front of children and that alcohol was involved and that there have "1 to 5" previous incidents.

As municipal court judge, Weaver works at the pleasure of the Albany City Commission.

Albany Mayor Willie Adams confirmed Monday that he was aware of the ongoing investigation but said he wanted to reserve comment on the matter until word from the GBI.

"I've heard talk but I don't have anything to say. I understand it's under investigation so I'm waiting to see what comes out of that," Adams said in a phone interview Monday. ""I think it's probably inappropriate for me to comment on ongoing investigations. I have to presume innocence until proven guilty."

Weaver, who runs his own law practice in Albany, was previously a member of the Dougherty County School Board and ran unsuccessfully for the Dougherty County Superior Court bench.