By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
What would you do if a friend was arrested? Would you bail/bond them out? An Augusta man is warning others about bonding friends out of jail. He says that Columbia County has placed a lien on his property after his friend didn't show up to court.
Augusta Homeowner Matthew Hutcherson has lived in Augusta for about 5 years. He bought a house for a good price and has been working to fix it up ever since.
"This is my home. This is my property. This is where I will retire. This is the only thing that I have in my life," Hutcherson said.
But he is afraid the home will be taken away from him because $12,500 lien on his property. Hutcherson says that in 2012, he bonded a friend out of jail by putting his home up as collateral and unfortunately, his friend didn't show up for court.
"He is a danger to himself. He's a danger to others because most of his conduct over the years has involved wreckless driving while under the influence, and other related charges," Hutcherson said.
Hutcherson is talking about Donald Dunn of North Augusta, SC. Dunn is facing a long list of charges related to fleeing from police, but because he lives in South Carolina, it is unlikely authorities there will extradite him to Georgia.
"The law does not allow Georgia, in this case, to extradite a citizen unless there is a more desperate charge, such as murder," Hutcherson said.
Now that he fully understands the laws, Hutcherson is trying to prevent others from making the same mistakes he made.
"Do not place your life savings and your life's work on the table for someone who may do you as I have been done," he said.
Hutcherson is hoping that after seeing this story, Dunn will turn himself in. Because he cannot be extradited, Dunn would have to be arrested in Georgia to face a judge.