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Arraignment delayed for Ware's son

By Ed Brock

A scheduled arraignment for the younger son of Clayton County Board of Education Chairwoman Nedra Ware has been postponed so he can get a lawyer.

Ryan Juwan Ware, 20, faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in connection with a Jan. 2 arrest made after he allegedly ran away from police who were investigating a call about people dealing drugs, according to a Clayton County police report. The arraignment, in which Ware would enter his plea of guilty or not guilty to the charges, was to be held Wednesday but was delayed until Aug. 13 at the request of Nedra Ware, said Clayton County Solicitor General Keith Martin.

"She called yesterday and asked that it be postponed because he didn't have a lawyer," Martin said on Wednesday.

Martin said he did consider the fact that Ware is scheduled to face Lois Baines Hunter in a runoff election on Tuesday. However, he said that demanding that Ware appear on Wednesday was not worth the difficulty and cost that would entail, especially if Ryan Ware were to ask for a court-appointed lawyer. He would have considered the delay for anybody else in similar circumstances.

"I don't think anybody in this office has ever been accused of being Nedra Ware's benefactor," Martin said. "My, these are changing times."

When contacted by phone Nedra Ware said she did not make comments to the media except on school board business.

On the day of the incident Clayton County officers approached Ryan Ware, who was 19 at the time, and his brother, Gregory Sherard Ware, 23, along with a third man as they were sitting in a car in front of 8324 Creekridge Circle in Riverdale where they lived at the time with Nedra Ware. The officers were responding to a call about suspicious persons.

As the officers were checking the men for weapons the police dispatcher told them that there was a warrant for Gregory Ware's arrest and they took him into custody. As they were taking Ryan Ware out of the car he continued to talk on a cell phone and move away from the officers despite their orders for him to get off the phone.

Ryan Ware then ran away from the officers into the back yard of the Ware's house but he surrendered after one of the officers shouted at him that they already had his driver's license. Ryan Ware said he ran because he'd never been in trouble before and got scared when the officers put the handcuffs on his brother.

No drugs were found at the scene and the third man in the car was not arrested.

Ryan Ware does not have a record in Clayton County, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said previously. Gregory Ware had been arrested before for possession of an illegal drug and was on probation from a possession of marijuana charge, Turner said.