Local man indicted for assaulting officer

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a man for allegedly beating a detention officer so badly she was taken to a local hospital.

The indictment alleges that Donny James Waller, 24, punched, choked and gouged the eyes of sheriff's Deputy Lashunda Laye during a Feb. 20 incident at the Clayton County Jail.

Waller faces charges of simple battery, disorderly conduct, battery and attempted aggravated battery.

Laye was treated for her injuries at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.

Days after he turned 18 in 2004, Waller was arrested on six counts of obstruction of an officer, and battery, simple assault, violation of the leash law and failure to vaccinate an animal for rabies. When the case went to State Court for prosecution, all charges were dropped.

Clayton County court records also show Waller entered a plea of mental incompetence June 15 on charges of obstruction of an officer, cruelty to children and battery under the Family Violence Act in connection with a February 2010 incident.

He was ordered to get mental health treatment.

-- Kathy Jefcoats