Police arrest former Muscogee coroner naked in his front yard

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 16, 2014 

Police discovered former Muscogee County Coroner William Thrower naked in his front yard Tuesday after officers responded to a family dispute at his 11th Avenue home, according to Columbus police reports.

According to police and jail reports, the 63-year-old Thrower was charged with being disorderly while intoxicated and possessing a drug-related object. His wife Barbara, 50, was also arrested and charged with having a drug-related object.

An arrest report says officers found the drug-related object in plain sight at the scene. Police reports on the incident did not specify the drug-related object or provide other details.

One report titled "family violence" said the incident happened between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday, when officers were summoned to the 11th Avenue residence "in reference to a fight in progress."

Police reported superficial wounds and abusive language, and indicated alcohol and other drugs were involved.

The Throwers were booked into the Muscogee County Jail and released about 3 p.m., show records that listed William Thrower’s total bond at $462, and his wife’s at $250.

Then-Probate Judge Julia Lumpkin appointed Thrower coroner in August 2007, when former Coroner James Dunnavant stepped down in the middle of his term.

Buddy Bryan was elected Muscogee coroner after Thrower missed deadlines to run against Bryan in the 2012 election.

Thrower's $1,800 qualifying fee check to the local Democratic Party was returned for insufficient funds because of what Thrower called a "clerical error." Though he quickly made the bounced check good, the local elections board and a Superior Court judge declared him ineligible because the fee had not been paid by the deadline. Thrower also failed to meet requirements to run as a write-in candidate.

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