Judge to chief deputy: stay away from daughter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge in Montgomery has
ordered Barbour County Sheriff Lee Roy Upshaw and Chief Deputy
Ronnie Benefield to stay away from Benefield's daughter and her
boyfriend after what the daughter says was a racially motivated
assault.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Friday extended until July
6 an order prohibiting Upshaw, Benefield and several named deputies
from approaching Tera Benefield or her boyfriend, Ray Charles
McCloud, except on official law enforecement business.

Tera Benefield said the lawsuit was filed after her father and other deputies raided her home on June 1st and beat McCloud.

Tera Benefield, who is white, said her father had been upset partly because McCloud is black.

An attorney for the sheriff and chief deputy, Gary Willford, said his clients would obey the order.


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