- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 1, 2001

ATLANTA A former DeKalb County sheriff was arrested early yesterday and charged with the assassination of the man who defeated him in the sheriff's election.
Sidney Dorsey, 61, and two other men former DeKalb County deputy Melvin D. Walker and David Ramsey were charged with the murder of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, who was gunned down in front of his south DeKalb home last December, three days before he was to have been sworn in as sheriff.
Mr. Dorsey and Mr. Walker, 37, appeared yesterday afternoon in a DeKalb County court, where a hearing was set for Dec. 18.
Elected in November 2000 after promising to clean up the Sheriff's Department, Mr. Brown was killed just days saying he would fire 38 of Mr. Dorsey's deputies after he was sworn in.
"We've been standing here and telling you we would get to the bottom of this case," Dekalb Police Chief Eddie Moody said at a 4:30 a.m. news conference yesterday. "There are still a lot of other things that have to be done."
Police and prosecutors refused to answer questions about a motive or describe each suspect's role in the slaying. No weapon has been found, despite a $10,000 reward for the gun, which police said was a semiautomatic weapon. Dekalb police were dispatched to the homes of the three suspects.
Mr. Walker and Mr. Ramsey were arrested at their homes, in Conyers and Lithia Springs, Ga., respectively.
When a police officer went to the east Atlanta home of Mr. Dorsey, Mr. Dorsey's wife, Sherry, answered the door and said he was not at home. A short time later, Mr. Dorsey and his attorney, Brian Steel, appeared at Dekalb police headquarters, where Mr. Dorsey surrendered about 2 a.m.
Chief Moody said he had contacted Mr. Brown's widow, Phyllis, and other members of the Brown family. "My initial reaction when I found Derwin in my driveway was, Sidney did it," Phyllis Brown said yesterday morning. "Now, I hope it is over. I really just hope it is over."
Mrs. Brown said she did not ask police to keep her up to date on the investigation. She wanted to know the outcome.
"Because I am a cop's wife all I want to know is, who did it, when they did it and why they did it?"
Asked what it felt like to arrest a law enforcement officer for the slaying of a lawman, Chief Moody said, "It makes us feel a little lost, a little sad. But our job is when people commit crimes to seek them out and bring them to justice."
Mr. Ramsey, 29, who is from the Virgin Islands, is a boyhood friend of Patrick Cuffy's, another former deputy who repeatedly called himself a target of homicide investigators in the Brown case.
Cuffy on Monday pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and two misdemeanors in a March 18 shootout at his home that led to the death of Jeffery "Nigel" George, a purported drug dealer.
He initially was charged with murder.
Police have maintained the gunfight was linked to the Brown slaying, but never said how.
Although prosecutors denied they made a deal with Cuffy to downgrade the murder charges in exchange for information in the Brown slaying, it was widely speculated by some defense lawyers that a deal existed.
Mr. Dorsey's attorney, Dwight L. Thomas, said he believes that Cuffy has made a deal with Dekalb authorities to implicate Mr. Dorsey.
Mr. Dorsey, the county's first black sheriff, had been under investigation on accusations of using on-duty deputies to work for his private security company and for letting jail inmates work in a home-repair program run by his wife.

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