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Former deputy found guilty on excessive force charges

Pictured on the left is former Russell County sheriff's deputy Tim Watford, on the right is Kirby Dollar. Pictured on the left is former Russell County sheriff's deputy Tim Watford, on the right is Kirby Dollar.
Patrick Harrington told investigators he was kicked and beaten by Tim Watford and fellow Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Kirby Dollar. Patrick Harrington told investigators he was kicked and beaten by Tim Watford and fellow Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Kirby Dollar.

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A former Russell County sheriff deputy has been found guilty in connection with beating a man who had been taken into custody.

Tim Watford, who broke down crying at the defense table after the jury returned the verdict, was facing charges of excessive force and assault. 

He was arrested after Patrick Harrington claimed he was kicked and beaten by Watford and fellow Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Kirby Dollar.  Phenix City police officer Rachael Hauser was also there when the beating took place.

She had previously testified she saw former Russell County sheriff's deputies Kirby Dollar and Tim Watford repeatedly hit Patrick Harrington. 

Watford and Dollar both took the stand Thursday for the defense.  Kirby Dollar testified that Watford slapped Harrington twice after he spit blood at him. 

Harrington's attorney says the testimony was hard to hear, "I mean to think about a man, a human being, laying down on the ground faced down and being turned over and being beaten and beaten repeatedly. It's just the kind of thing that would make anybody gasp, "said Mark Shellnut, Patrick Harrington's attorney.

Harrington also took the stand Wednesday and said the bondsmen who picked him up did not hit him or assault him in any way.

A sentencing date was not set t after the verdict was read, however Tim Watford remains out of jail on bond until a hearing is scheduled.  He faces 10 years in prison.

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