Statesboro businessman Holmes Ramsey, who owns the University Plaza adjacent to the Georgia Southern University campus, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with criminal attempt of embracery, which is jury tampering.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued three separate warrants of Ramsey on the charges Tuesday. He was booked at the Bulloch County Jail and posted a bond Wednesday afternoon.
The charges against Ramsey stem from a trial involving a civil suit filed by Dabbs-Williams General Contractors LLC against Tillman Park LLC and T. Holmes Ramsey Jr., according to Bulloch County Clerk of Courts records. Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Gates Peed declared a mistrial last October, though Peed never said on the record why he ordered the mistrial.
However, Statesboro GBI Special Agent-in-Charge Catherine Sapp confirmed in November that GBI agents were investigating allegations of jury tampering. She said she could not divulge further details, as the case was ongoing.
Matt McCoy, a Savannah attorney representing Ramsey, said back in November: “All we were told in court was that there is evidence of jury tampering,” and that is the reason for a mistrial.
In the suit, Dabbs-Williams claimed Ramsey did not keep a verbal agreement to pay for extra work done on a project that went beyond conditions of a contract.
According to the suit, Dabbs-Williams began work on Tillman Park, a condominium development on Tillman Road, in 2005. The suit claims Dabbs-Williams and Ramsey initially agreed that the contractor would be paid on a “cost-plus” basis with Dabbs-Williams’ construction services fee being 8 percent of costs incurred for labor, materials and other expenses.
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